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What makes us feel good about our work?

15 Apr 2014 Milad Moodi
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. In this talk, two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected attitudes toward meaning in our work.

About speaker

Dan Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics. Read more about him.

useful language

cyclical  happening in cycles 
notion  an idea, belief, or opinion
challenge  something that tests strength, skill, or ability, especially in a way that is interesting
manipulation  to work skilfully with information, systems etc to achieve the result that you want
identical  exactly the same, or very similar
assemble  if you assemble a large number of people or things, or if they assemble, they are gathered together in one place, often for a particular purpose
aspect  one part of a situation, idea, plan etc that has many parts
derive  to get something, especially an advantage or a pleasant feeling, from something
eliminate  to completely get rid of something that is unnecessary or unwanted

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