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A supportive partner can help your career – that’s a fact!

A supportive partner can help your career – that’s a fact!

 February 12, 2019

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With Valentine’s Day upon us, there is no better time to say thank you to the loved ones in your life, especially those who support your career – whether that’s a significant other, or if you’re single then a brilliant best friend or a family member.

A perfect partner has many qualities but arguably the most important one is to be supportive – especially if you’re a woman who wishes to enjoy success in their job.

What’s really great for loved-up women to know is that having a supportive partner is strongly linked to a person’s desire to take on challenges and opportunities at work. That’s a scientific fact!

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Psychologists have discovered that people with supportive spouses are more likely to take on potentially rewarding challenges – including challenges at work – and that those who take on such challenges experience more personal growth, happiness and better psychological well-being.

"The choices people make at decision points – such as pursuing a work opportunity or seeking out new friends – matter a lot for their long-term well-being," says Brooke Feeney, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. "Significant others can help you thrive through embracing life opportunities.”

Picking a partner who spurs on your career

So, the power of a partner to be your buddy really can help your career to flourish! Chances are that if you’re in a happy relationship then you can relate to all of the above – and if you’re a single professional looking for love make sure you pick someone who responds enthusiastically to the work opportunities that come your way and reassures you when times are tough!

However, it’s good to remember that you are also the key to your own success. If you’re single, you can get the same support from friends and family – but whatever your relationship status, be responsible for your own experiences. Read, learn and grow your passion and you’re sure to find your career continues to blossom.

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