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Philo not only infused Céline with prestige, marketability and pushed it toward 1 billion euros in sales after a relatively fallow period following Michael Kors’ 2004 departure, she gave the house an entirely new aesthetic not focused on a male ideal of womanly beauty — always luxe and design-forward, but accessible, comfortable and very wearable, nary a stiletto in sight.
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In the 12 years she freelanced for the Financial Times, she frequently touched upon a similar topic but didn’t have the time to explore it due to word count restrictions. For example, she once wrote a piece about jewelry in the Afghan world and how the department of defense funded some of these companies that were started by women. “But when I would talk to people about linking apparel, jewelry or wearables to other topics, I would see their eyes glaze over a little bit. They wouldn’t connect the dots so I knew I needed to write a book about it,” she explained.
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How Dolly Parton’s Nails Helped Lily Tomlin Predict Their Comedy 9 to 5 Would Be a Success

Lily Tomlin can still remember the moment she knew her comedy 9 to 5 with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton would be a success.

“I remember Dolly came out on set and played the 9 to 5 song for us on her fingernails. I just thought this movie is going to make it because that song will make it,” Tomlin tells PEOPLE.

The 1980 hit comedy followed three working women living out their fantasies of getting even with their sexist boss.

Tomlin, who currently stars opposite Fonda in her Emmy-nominated role on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, often keeps in touch with her 9 to 5 costars and says the friendship they formed while making the film is one of her fondest memories.

The three women will be reunited at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29, where Fonda and Parton will present Tomlin with the 53rd SAG Life Achievement Award.

For more on Tomlin, check out this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

“These two girls are still buddies,” Tomlin tells PEOPLE. “Dolly is whatever you see is what you get. She is a darling person, fun and lively. Jane is so innocent and sweet and kind. I just laugh when I am around her.”

Tomlin says it was Fonda who brought the three of them together in 9 to 5 and adds that she changed the tone of film after she saw Tomlin perform at the Ahmanson theater in Los Angeles one night.

“It was going to be a serious movie, but when she saw me she said, ‘It’s got to be a comedy and I have to have Lily in it.’ On the way home, she heard Dolly’s song on the radio and the rest is history.”

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Two Traits That Predict Happiness

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There is no grander goal in life than the pursuit of happiness.

We all want to be happy, but we all have slightly different ideas of what it is. Even psychologists use various definitions of the term. It could simply be that happiness is as unique as the people that try to define it.

For many of us, though, it’s more than just a short burst of joy or a quick laugh at the latest cat video on the internet.

We mean real happiness. The kind of happiness where we look back at our life and feel contentment, meaning, and accomplishment. Something commonly referred to as “well-being” by many psychologists.

Finding happiness is not as easy as it sounds. People have even wondered if we can predict who’s going to be happy and who isn’t. That might sound crazy, but a recent analysis by psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman finds that there are two traits that could predict happiness.

Predicting Well-being

Well-being is a particular area of research that is studied by positive psychologists. It includes not only positive moods – which can be temporary – but a general satisfaction with one’s life.

If you haven’t heard of positive psychology, it’s the branch of psychology that explores the positive areas of human development. Things like happiness, flow, and optimism. They also have a classification handbook – co-authored by Martin Seligman – that spells out a total of 24 character traits that a person can exhibit under 6 broad virtues.

It was these characteristic traits that Dr. Kaufman was curious about. Using data from a larger project – which included 517 individuals ranging from the ages of 18 to 71 – he wanted to see if he could find any associations to happiness.

Of the 24 traits that he analyzed, he discovered two that were significant predictors of well-being. For a deeper look at the details of his analysis, you can check out his article over at Scientific American.

The Obvious Candidate

The first trait won’t be a surprise to many of you. The single best predictor of well-being was gratitude.

Gratitude has been found in many studies to increase happiness and well-being. It can also give a boost to romantic relationships, mental health, and heart health. If you’re unaware of how the practice of gratefulness can benefit you, I highly encourage you to check it out.

This simply chalks up another victory for gratitude and shows how important it can be towards contributing to your own happiness.

The Dark Horse

The other trait is a bit more surprising. Dr. Kaufman found that “love of learning” was the second characteristic that could independently predict well-being.

While I’ve always been a promoter of lifelong learning, it’s interesting to see it was the only other trait that predicts well-being (although there were a few close contenders.)

Love of learning, as defined by the classification book, means mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally.

This mean that happiness is predicted by more than just having years of formal education. Yes, formal education is associated with better habits, health, and overall longevity. But we’re also talking about lifelong learners. Individuals who explore new hobbies, master new skills, and engage in mentally stimulating activities. People who learn for the fun and challenge of it.

Mastery is one of the great intrinsic motivators – as pointed out by Daniel Pink in his book Drive. This shows that the pursuit of knowledge is deeply motivating and also has profound implications for our happiness and well-being.

A Hidden Lesson

There was another result from Dr. Kaufman’s analysis, but he touches on it only briefly.

He found evidence that working on your character strengths is predictive of well-being – one of the main tenets of positive psychology. That means practicing or training these character strengths can result in higher well-being also.

Other research backs up this claim. In a study looking at practicing optimism and gratitude, people with depression were part of 6 week program that practiced good deeds and activities like writing gratitude letters. The people who stuck with the program saw improvements in mental and physical health.

Psychologists from Zurich have also tested the effect of practicing these traits. Over 10 weeks 178 adults were separated into three groups. One group was used as a control and didn’t do any character exercises, while the other 2 groups trained different character strengths. The researchers found that anyone that did any training, whatsoever, had a boost to their well-being.

A World in Pursuit

It’s not just Americans that want to be happy. Happiness is something that is sought after by people of all cultures in every corner of the globe.

In a study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, researcher Ed Diener cites a survey he conducted among 10,000 people in 48 countries. Happiness was rated as the most important out of 12 possible outcomes.

Happiness is important to us as individuals and society as a whole. While finding out which traits can predict levels of happiness is a fun exercise, maybe there’s a bigger lesson to be learned.

If you want to be happy, you should practice positive traits.

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