At long last . . . cawfee tawk returns! Now monthly, this round-up is your shortcut to feeling brilliant and well-read during all your July coffee talking. Settle in and enjoy!
- The Washington Post asks Why are some depressed, others resilient? Scientists home in one part of the brain.
- Just My Type Magazine says You're Not Happy, You're Distracted
- Cal Newport says Don't Fight Distraction. Make It Irrelevant.
- The Boston Globe shares advice from 617 years of marriage and The Atlantic's science-backed article says "lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity."
- Two great pieces on change—from Sally Hope: What To Do About The Fact That Change Is Hard and from Jamie Varon: Redefining what I think I want...
- A great rally cry from Christina Rasmussen on when it's time to walk away: Be with the people who want to be with you
- Danielle LaPorte shares an awesome interview-as-PDF on Making new mind grooves
- Loved this post from Steven Pressfield on not forcing creativity, but rather serving as a "midwife" for it: The Universe is Self-Ordering:
"Consider the universe. The universe is self-organizing. That’s a law. We as artists and entrepreneurs must not forget that this law is on our side. It’s as infallible as gravity and it’s our friend.
Books wanna be what they wanna be. So do albums, entrepreneurial ventures, and statues of David. The process unfolds infallibly. Our symphony evolves into four movements, our screenplay into three acts. If we just keep plugging away at it, the Law of Self-Ordering comes to our aid."
—Steven Pressfield, The Universe is Self-Ordering
- Fascinating piece from the New York Times on The Biology of Risk (I'm currently reading the book it is excerpted from, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: How Risk Taking Transforms Us, Body and Mind)
- Did you know that Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot?
- Crazy . . . a recent study found that mental disorders can reduce your life expectancy even more than smoking 20 cigarettes a day (via Next Draft)
- Greatist shares The Best Foods for Your Brain (And Why We Might Owe Fat an Apology)
- Always Hungry? Here's Why: "What if we’ve confused cause and effect? What if it’s not overeating that causes us to get fat, but the process of getting fatter that causes us to overeat?"
- Susan Biali provides great tips on How To Break Your Sugar Addiction. Case in point: I ate ice cream every night for a week last month after two friends brought a carton over (then left it at my house—trouble!). I found myself fiendishly and desperately looking for sugar in the subsequent nights after the carton ran out. CRAZY! (Re)kicking the sugar crutch is tough stuff!!
- I now turn to fruit as a close enough substitute. Well+Good on 4 simple rules for eating fruit.
- This article made me so angry. On the release of a new drug called Zohydro: How Much Does It Hurt? "Zohydro is the new FDA-approved painkiller that some doctors think the FDA had no business approving. And in ERs across America, they’re anxiously awaiting the fallout."
- Sound familiar? New York Magazine says 'Bedtime Procrastination' Is a Thing
- This reporter knows Sitting Is Bad for You. So [He] Stopped. For a Whole Month.
- Turning into a Work Potato? (Not to be confused with a couch potato) Greatist invents Deskercise! 33 Smart Ways to Exercise at Work
- MMMMM, BACON! NPR says You Can Thank 150 Different Compounds For The Sweet Smell of Bacon
- This makes me sad . . . I like the originals way better! From Fast Company: See How The Most Celebrated Female Bodies In Classic Paintings Would Look With A Photoshop Slimdown
- From Modern Farmer: How much dye is in your food?
- The New York Times gives an overview of the most popular bio-hacking and tracking apps that have taken over our lives in The United States of Metrics:
"In the last few years, there has been a revolution so profound that it’s sometimes hard to miss its significance. We are awash in numbers. Data is everywhere. Old-fashioned things like words are in retreat; numbers are on the rise. Unquantifiable arenas like history, literature, religion and the arts are receding from public life, replaced by technology, statistics, science and math. Even the most elemental form of communication, the story, is being pushed aside by the list.
The results are in: The nerds have won. Time to replace those arrows in the talons of the American eagle with pencils and slide rules. We’ve become the United States of Metrics."
—New York Times, The United States of Metrics
- Charlie Hoehn on The Hard Part about Being an Entrepreneur
- Entrepreneur.com shares 10 of the Most Counterintuitive Pieces of Advice From Famous Entrepreneurs
- Debashish Das, who took my Build Your Business mastermind last year, on The Ultimate Guide to Business Pivots for Online Entrepreneurs
- Stuck? Consider asking different questions. Charlie Gilkey on how Asking Specific Questions Helps You Start Finishing
- A Six-Hour Workday? Sweden Will Start Experimenting With Shorter Hours This Summer (I am so on board with this! I typically work for 6 hours straight, then start going stir crazy and must leave the house ASAP)
- Freelancers Union Why introverts make great freelancers, though for some it's a feeling of Isolation that comes with running a small business
- Even with the roller coasters that ensue, Gallup says Most U.S. Small-Business Owners Would Do It All Over Again
- Hah! Having grown up there, I can verify Mashable's 5 Ways HBO's 'Silicon Valley' Is Just Like the Real Thing
- NPR on How Far Your Paycheck Goes In 356 U.S. Cities
- Fast Company interviews Jerry Seinfeld on what inspired him to start Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee:
"It just seems like the Internet is screaming at artists to be creative. It's like an art-supply store: You walk in, and there's paper and cameras and paint and pencils. It's like someone throwing down the gauntlet."
- Can it really be true?! New York Magazine: Highlighting Isn't Helping You Remember Anything, and Four More Surprising Facts About Learning
- Vox shares what the 7 most-highlighted Kindle passages tell us about American readers
- Interesting debate from the NYT Book Review: The Demands of Book Promotion: Frivolous or Necessary?
- Steven Pressfield wrote a great piece on the When You Publish a Book
Just for Fun
- I loved this!!! If you are considering a visit to The Big Apple, check out 27 GIFs That Explain How To Survive In New York City (and the accompanying book, NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette—every single page is spot on!)
- Distractify's 28 Tiny Animals That Are So Adorable They Will Make You EXTREMELY MAD (h/t Adam)
- This is from last month, but in case you missed it, this guy is amazing! Coolest Dad Ever Catches Home Run With One Hand While Holding His Baby With The Other:
And these are always too good not to share—Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets #7: [youtube id="imW392e6XR0"]