For the first time in my life I'm truly experiencing this mysterious thing they call seasons. Even though I've lived in New York for almost three years (after growing up in CA), I skipped Winter last year to live in Bali and Thailand, and the first year was a very mild Winter with just a few snow days. Now with the sun and warmer weather teasing their return, I can understand the bliss that Spring brings and the shift in mood, activities, work styles — particularly against the backdrop of a long Winter (and an emotional "winter" for me during all of 2013). I am ready to bust out of the house and go play, explore the city and resuscitate my social life!
How about you? What's on your Spring "get outta the house" list?
- Awesome! The WSJ on why Humor Is a Form of Proper Mental Exercise and flexing your humor muscle can improve your intelligence, creativity and ability to handle stress.
- Loved this podcast on Inboxes Zero: Merlin Mann on anxiety, relationships and expectations (h/t to the guys at Fizzle for sharing the link)
- Interesting NYTimes Interactive quiz: Can You Spot the Liar?
- On a related note, Your phone will read people’s emotions better than you ever could
- David Meerman Scott shares Top 20 tips for incredibly successful public speaking
- According to Fast Company Self-Imposed Deadlines Don't Stop Procrastination. Here's What Might:
"If time management were the essence of the problem, a self-imposed deadline should help. But Pychyl and other researchers have come to believe that emotional failures rest at the root of procrastination. Procrastinators delay a task because they're not in the mood to do it and deceive themselves into thinking they will be later on. When that time comes and they're not, they're in the same emotional place but with less time until deadline.
That's why some experts--namely, Fuschia Sirois of Bishop's University--think the best strategy for addressing procrastination is to find something enjoyable or meaningful in whatever task is before you. "
—Fast Company, Self-Imposed Deadlines Don't Stop Procrastination
- Love this!! NPR shares Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown. How it works: Google a phrase like, "compare mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes" and the tool will display a handy comparison chart.
- Mark Sisson documents the many reasons exercise is the best first line of defense for so many common ailments. The question is, Will We Ever Accept that Exercise is Often the Best Medicine?
- Light pollution is real (my sleep changed dramatically when I started wearing an eye mask). Rebecca Boyle on The health effects of a world without darkness
- The Seattle Seahawks incorporate meditation and yoga into their daily routines: NFL Lotus pose on two - ESPN
- Meditation has also shown to help with Treating Chronic Pain
- NPR on Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom
- On a related note, Mark Bittman takes a stand in his NYT Op Ed Butter Is Back:
"The tip of this iceberg has been visible for years, and we’re finally beginning to see the base. Of course, no study is perfect and few are definitive. But the real villains in our diet — sugar and ultra-processed foods — are becoming increasingly apparent. You can go back to eating butter, if you haven’t already.
This doesn’t mean you abandon fruit for beef and cheese; you just abandon fake food for real food, and in that category of real food you can include good meat and dairy. I would argue, however, that you might not include most industrially produced animal products; stand by."
—Mark Bittman, Butter Is Back
- Very interesting survey from Sam’s Club on ‘Microbusinesses’ (those with five employees or fewer). Turns out "nearly one-third of microbusiness owners over all said they depended more on a second job."
- This is an incredible story: How I Went From Homeless Teen to Business Owner in 7 Years
- Great list of 15 Responsibilities Small Business Owners Can Delegate
- Alexis Grant shares an awesome insider's breakdown on How We Earned $34,000 in 3 Days from a 9-Month-Old Website (based on her recent 3-day Write Life Bundle sale)
- Failure, rejection, and quitting are the new black — there have been dozens of recently-released books dedicated to these subjects recently, and NY Magazine does a great job of articulating The Failure Fetish in Silicon Valley:
"The tech industry used to bury its dead quietly. For years, cash-starved companies sold themselves for peanuts in order to save face; friends bailed each other out with 11th-hour “acqui-hires,” and founders came up with euphemisms like “pivot” to soften the sting of defeat.
But these days, start-up flameouts are increasingly serving as badges of honor, and stories like Abrams’s are being told at higher and higher volume. In an industry known for sunny optimism, Silicon Valley has managed to turn failure into a bragging right."
- Really? You’re Not in a Book Club? The NY Times on the rise of online and offline book clubs around America
Just for Fun
This list of 77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True is interesting, funny and definitely head-scratching. For example, did you know that for every human on Earth there are approximately 1.6 million ants?
This Millennials in the Workplace Training Video cracked me up — h/t Adam for sending:
[youtube id="Sz0o9clVQu8"] I also loved This is a Generic Brand Video — hilarious!