Business had me in Vancouver this week, but I made sure to arrive a bit early to explore the city. It’s an amazing place, especially with the sunny weather this time of year. And I’m convinced that Canadians are the coolest people on the planet.
I did make a point of checking out places that were suggested by locals (Granville Island, Stanley Park), both of which were an easy walk from my downtown hotel. But I also made sure to just set out in a direction and wander … it’s my favorite way to get to know a new place.
So it was a bit serendipitous to find an article in Psychology Today where the author shares a bit of wandering she and her husband did in nearby Victoria, Canada:
- Walking has been shown to contribute to happiness, creativity, calm, and clarity. Perhaps it’s when we approach our routes with a sense of openness and whimsy that getting from point A to point B does that best.
Also, check out the lead article under the Wealth section below. I usually find most articles about procrastination to be the same old thing, but the research-based tips in How to Hack Your Brain to Destroy Procrastination, According to Harvard Research are solid (even if the overuse of the word “hacks” is becoming tedious).
Enjoy the issue, and have a great weekend of wandering!
No Die Diet
Matt Frazier interviews Michael Greger, the physician behind the wildly popular website NutritionFacts.org. Greger’s new book is called How Not to Die, and it reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.
Staying on theme, here’s the latest news on the “fountain of youth pill” developed and promoted by some high-powered scientists at Elysium Health. Raise your hand if you get the Beastie Boys reference in the subhead.
Breathe, Forrest, Breathe!
Personally, I only run if chased. But if you do any form of vigorous cardio (and you should), how you breathe is critical to your performance. I found this piece incredibly useful.
The Weight of Waiting
Just because our brains are seemingly working against us doesn’t mean we can’t overcome procrastination. Instead, it should inspire us to work at the task even more because it isn’t a personal flaw but a part of our natural make-up that can be re-trained.
Grumpy Old Rich Men
Our feelings are adaptive: anger, sadness and pessimism aren’t divine cruelty or sheer random bad luck – they evolved to serve useful functions and help us thrive. In fact, scientists are increasingly recognizing that grumpiness may be beneficial to the full range of social skills – improving language skills, memory, and making us more persuasive.
Negative Feedback Loop
Think how easy it is to psych ourselves out (and read the response as “negative”) when we initiate an honest but difficult conversation with a peer or boss. The human brain is highly protective, leading us to sense and respond to danger automatically, even when it might not be real.
You’re the Dance
One of my favorite ways of understanding the essence of life is the saying, “You’re not the dancer, you’re the dance.” If that seems a bit inscrutable, take a quick look at this video that assembles the words of Alan Watts in a way that gives you a way of thinking about the Further truism, “Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.”
If you think that there has never been a better time to be alive — that humanity has never been safer, healthier, more prosperous or less unequal — then you’re in the minority. But that is what the evidence incontrovertibly shows.
Now We’re Stressed Out
As a textbook INTJ, this was dead on for me. See if the way your personality type experiences stress is on the mark for you, and then you might want to share the remedies to help you chill with those in your life.
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