Why Being Happily Married Makes You a Better Businesswoman

BY: - 2 Aug '13 | On the Web

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Leading a business and being married have a lot in common. Both require building partnerships and maintaining commitment. A recent article by Forbes suggests that a happy marriage can lead to being a better CEO.

As the saying goes, “a happy wife is a happy life” and through his research, Steve Cooper has found that being happily married–not just being married– is beneficial to a person’s mental and physical health as well as their financial decisions. He suggests taking care of needs in your living room before taking care of responsibilities in the boardroom. He lists four reasons how being happily married and being a successful CEO relate.

Here are two examples:

2. You have to communicate. 

A willingness to communicate and having a successful marriage go hand in hand. Research shows that couples who keep things bottled in don’t reap the benefits of living longer lives and those in conflict at home take longer to heal from physical injury. Part of being a CEO means looking at things from a long-term perspective and being physically and mentally capable of carrying out necessary workloads.

3. You have to tackle conflict.

Having open communication within your marriage leads to better conflict management within the workplace. Dr. Terri Orbuch’s study, “The Early Years of Marriage Project,” suggests that avoiding conflict at home leads to being very unhappy overtime. A negative attitude brought into a place of business can eventually surface and trickle down to employees or spread to outside partners.

Read Cooper’s other reasons on Forbes’ website.

BMWK– Have you found that having a happy marriage makes you a better businessman/woman? What correlations have you found?

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Stacie Bailey wrote 160 articles on this blog.

Stacie Bailey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a master's degree in Interactive Communications. She has strong interests in youth, social media and an overall love for sharing knowledge and information.

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Actress Garcelle Beauvais Explores Diversity in New Children’s Book

BY: - 7 Aug '13 | On the Web

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Haitian-born actress, Garcelle Beauvais, was the only black girl in her class when she arrived in Massachusetts as a child. Today, she raises three children of her own, including bi-racial twin boys. Her experiences then and now encouraged her to began a children’s book series entitled “I Am.”

The first book of the series, “I Am Mixed” focuses on brother and sister, Jay and Nia, as they explore and share their thoughts on being of mixed ethnicities. Though some parents may find the topic challenging to discuss, Beauvais began the conversation of diversity and race with her sons at age 2 1/2.

I didn’t want them to be asked why is your mommy brown and daddy white and not have them understand it themselves. I wanted them to know that they’re the best parts of us put together. What I wanted most of all is for them to be proud of who they are and celebrate themselves.

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While “I Am Mixed” focuses on Beauvais’ research regarding identity issues affecting today’s children, future installments will include topics such as divorce and adoption. Co-authored by Garcelle and Stranger Comic’s president, Sebastian Jones, the books are illustrated by artist James C. Webster.

“It was an opportunity to help my children understand what makes them special, to know their heritage and learn self-acceptance. I really hope it will start conversations for other families as well,” she told Elizabeth Street.

“I Am Mixed” is available on August 7 in hardback and on Amazon. Read more about the series on Lifetime Network’s Celebrity Moms.

BMWK– How did/will you begin the discussion of diversity with your children?

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Stacie Bailey wrote 160 articles on this blog.

Stacie Bailey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a master's degree in Interactive Communications. She has strong interests in youth, social media and an overall love for sharing knowledge and information.

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