Happiness Is ...

Finding happiness in the lab is the key to success in research, says Benchfly's Alan Marnett. In hopes of "empowering scientists at the bench," Marnett presents a few tips on finding contentment in the lab — a path, he says, that applies equally to grad students, postdocs, and PIs. First, it's important to have "a sense of control," a feeling that you have a say in how your project will progress, even though you have a boss to answer to.

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