I’m in a mad scramble to get everything done this week. That’s because I’m heading to Europe on Friday to celebrate my 50th birthday, plus get in a vacation with my family.
Barcelona is up first, where I’ll spend a week on my own before meeting the fam on the Greek island of Mykonos. Then it’s on to Rome solo for a few days.
(If you want to follow along with me, I’ll be posting to Instagram here.)
While I will definitely enjoy family time in Greece, I’m also really looking forward to the opportunity to explore two classic European cities on my own. As I’ve written before, the chance to wander around and really get to know a city is a sublime joy.
So it seemed to be serendipity that I ran across an article advocating for solo travel this week:
Solo travel is a hot topic among jet-setting types these days, and for good reason—getting a change of scenery, plus a healing dose of solitude, just might be the healthiest choice you could make.
The article then lists six cool places for solos (specifically women) to visit. I’m of the opinion that any interesting place is worthy of solo exploration, and whether you’re a woman or not. 🙂
That said, you can’t really argue with these picks:
I’m still planning to get Further out while I’m gone, but it may be in a more abbreviated format. It’s time to wander!
Junk Food Kills
A bad diet is the second highest risk factor for early death, only coming in second to smoking, according to the most recent Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet. I’m sure Further readers are already eating well, but if not … get on that.
The Illusive Cure
On the brighter side, medical advances in the quest to cure cancer continue. This particular therapy, CAR-T, genetically alters a patient’s own immune cells to target and destroy cancer cells.
The Zen of Swimming
There’s one place where you can have not just quiet but utter silence and meditative calm, even if those things don’t come to you naturally. That place is underwater.
If solo exploration of Paris is on your short list, you’ll appreciate this. It’s a guide that let’s you pre-explore the hidden gems in each of the 20 arrondissements that make up the magnificent City of Light.
We make hundreds of big and small decisions every day. Once you realize which decisions are really important, you can use these four strategies to make sure you get what you want.
The best leaders — those exhibiting high levels of emotional intelligence — typically show more self-awareness, collaborate better with others, and get promoted faster. If you’d like to improve your own EQ, this is a list the most influential books on emotional intelligence.
I’m starting to think confirmation bias has been mentioned in Further as much or more than any other topic. That’s because it’s an absolute killer when it comes to positive change and personal growth.
Boldly going where few psychologists venture, Northwestern University’s Eli Finkel and colleagues have proposed that there are just 14 basic principles underlying all of psychology’s relationship theories. The 14 gets reduced further, because they fall into 4 categories of questions.
Emotional diversity is just what it sounds like: experiencing a variety of emotions. And it turns out that people who experience a wide variety of both positive and negative emotions are a lot better off, both mentally and physically, than people who only experience a few emotions regularly, good or bad.
Time is an Illusion
One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea — that causation can run backwards in time as well as forwards. No, seriously.
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