Surprising Links between Gratefulness, Money and Happiness
Psychology Today: If you feel thankful and grateful in general, you're more likely to experience happiness than people who are more focused on their material wealth and possessions, according to a recent study led by James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. But when people who are more materialistic have an experience that causes them to feel gratitude in some form, their level of happiness rises. The research was published in The Journal of Positive Psychology.
4 Ways to Bridge the Retirement Income Gap
TIME: William Reichenstein, Ph.D., The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted about strategies to delay Social Security benefits to boost income and financial security. Reichenstein suggests pulling funds from pretax accounts, such as a 401(k) or traditional IRA, to take advantage of a low tax bracket before Social Security and mandatory withdrawals from retirement accounts kick in.
10 Ways Your Smartphone is Making You Fat
Active Beat: A recent Baylor University study reports that female college students spend 10 hours daily on their smartphones, while men spend roughly 8 hours. According to the article, the time we spend on our phones is preventing us from doing more beneficial activities, like working out.
Turning Hobbies into Jobs
KWTX-TV: VIDEO: Sara Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor of management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, was interviewed as an expert source for this story about women who have taken the steps to turn their hobbies into jobs. Perry is an active researcher, publishing in the areas of work-life balance and autonomy.
7 Ways to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits
MSN.com: Bill Reichenstein, Ph.D., the Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, talks about how to prepare to claim Social Security benefits if you spouse dies. “The higher earner should base his benefits decision on the age he would be when the second spouse dies,” Reichenstein said. “What would probably be the best strategy is for him to wait until he turns 70 because, after the death of the first spouse, the survivor keeps the higher benefits.”
Promoting Hands-On Learning: Undergraduates as Business Consultants
Prior to becoming a Baylor faculty member in fall 2014, Sara Perry, assistant professor of Management, taught organizational behavior at the University of Houston—Downtown. With a university initiative for service learning, Perry and two fellow faculty members created a transformational learning opportunity for their students.
Yet Another Reason Advertisers Should Embrace Body Diversity
The Huffington Post: New research by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is the focus of this The Huffington Post article addressing whether a model’s body size in an advertisement affects a consumer’s purchase. Roberts’ research found that marketers and advertisers who default to the “thin ideal” – the belief that thinner is better – could be alienating up to 70 percent of their audience. The article is part of The Huffington Post’s “Social Science Made Simple” series.
A Consumer Dilemma: More Kale or Less Cake?
As time goes on, more and more people are monitoring their food consumption in an attempt to lose weight or improve their overall health. But, should consumers focus on avoiding unhealthy foods or on eating more healthy foods? After seeing countless articles and headlines with titles such as “Foods You Should Avoid at All Costs” and “Best Foods for Your Health,” Assistant Professor of Marketing Meredith E. David wanted to find out for herself.
Blowing the Whistle
It was an early fascination with the Enron scandal that sparked Amy Miller’s research on how likely someone will blow the whistle on someone else’s wrongdoing.
Study: Hey, Advertising and Marketing Pros! Before You ‘Go Thin,’ Think Again
Here’s the skinny: Not all women will buy products because the models in the advertisements are thin, according to a new study of a diverse group of 239 women by a Baylor University marketing professor.