I’ve discovered something from writing 41 feature articles for Further over the previous 41 weeks … a potential book. A book about the intersection of happiness, motivation, and personal growth.
It wasn’t my intention to write a book. It’s almost become a badge of honor that I’m known for teaching people to write, yet seem to be the only person lately who hasn’t written a book.
So why now? I’m not sure … it’s just something I want to do (which is kind of the point of what I’ve been writing about all these months).
I don’t expect it to be any kind of big deal, probably just a self-published ebook. But since Further is a side project, I’m going to focus writing time on trying to pull this potential book together, instead of writing additional Feature articles for now.
So, I’ll be linking up more killer stuff that I find across the web. I’ll probably play around with format over the next few weeks, but it’s essentially going to be the best nine or ten articles that I’ve personally enjoyed from the previous week.
I’ll keep you posted on the book. Until then … happy reading!
Bad Nutrition = Depression?
“Eating a Mediterranean diet or other healthy dietary pattern, comprising of fruit, vegetables, legumes, and nuts and low in processed meats, is associated with preventing the onset of depression, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. A large study of 15,093 people suggests depression could be linked with nutrient deficits.”
The Art of the Mini-Break
“Sonnentag’s research also suggests that if you make an effort to completely disengage from work when the workday is over – by, for example, engaging in a hobby you enjoy, exercising, or taking a walk in nature – you will reap the benefits: you will feel less fatigued, more engaged at work, and more energized when you leave work.”
“Have you dropped potatoes like a hot potato because you think they aren’t healthy? If so, I have some news that may surprise you. Not only are potatoes delicious, inexpensive and versatile, they’re a nutritious addition to any meal.”
Ignore Weakness (And Other Surprises)
“What separates the super successful from everyone else? There are well-known factors such as work ethic, passion, intelligence and grit. But there are also less obvious habits that allow certain individuals to separate themselves from the pack and become truly great at what they do.”
“Why, then, become a billionaire? What’s the point? Wouldn’t that make you sad too? Lewis said: ‘I’ve no yearning to become a billionaire. It sounds like a turgid ambition.'”
Branding: For Cattle and Careers
“Employers want to know the same things they’ve always wanted to know about job candidates: what makes you unique and what qualities you’ll bring to their organization. But a résumé that simply lists your experience is no longer quite enough to answer those questions.”
Don’t Get Attached to Yourself
“Buddhists argue that nothing is constant, everything changes through time, you have a constantly changing stream of consciousness,” Evan Thompson, a philosophy of mind professor at the University of British Columbia, tells Quartz. “And from a neuroscience perspective, the brain and body is constantly in flux. There’s nothing that corresponds to the sense that there’s an unchanging self.”
Out of Time
“Imagine your life without time, without a constant sense that you’re running behind, frustrated that yet again you are losing the battle against the irresistible force of the ticking clock. Imagine not wishing there were more hours in the day.”
“I Got Better”
“The question then becomes: how do you get over sucking at something you’re trying to learn, so you can get good at it? The answer is to become curious about the suck.”
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