Things are moving and shaking at JBE headquarters! In recent months I've felt a bit like hawk with eyes peeled circling for creative food . . . particularly on what my Next Big Idea might be for Book #2. After months of scanning, searching and reflecting, and stepping back to find space for added perspective, I'm thrilled to say that I'm honing in on something big and exciting. It's still in the very preliminary "eggshell" phase (my term for a nascent idea vulnerable to cracks), but I'm really excited about it and now plugging away at a super rough draft of the book proposal.
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Now, onward to our Weekend Coffee Talk!
- Want to "hack your mind"? Here are 23 Tricks to Learn Anything Better
- Alexandra Franzen shares 50 ways to be ridiculously, shockingly generous. And let's all give her a huge congrats on her recent book launch!
- Martha Beck also gives 7 Exceptionally Easy Ways to Make Someone's Day
- Chris Guillebeau says you should Reduce Decisions to Focus Better (I second that!)
- Time to get outta the house! The New Republic on The Lethality of Lonliness: We now know how it can ravage your body and your brain
- Stressed? It's all good! The first step is to stop making it wrong — that mindset shift alone will change your phsyiology for the better, according to researcher Kelly McGonical in her fascinating TED Talk on How to Make Stress Your Friend.
- What to do instead? Beyond watching McGonical's talk STAT, here are 6 Habits To Help You Ride The (Inevitable) Waves Of Work Stress and 40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less. Bonus: even the practice of giving your unidivided attention helps!
- The title is a little sensationalist for my taste, but there's some solid research in Greatist's How to Be Optimistic About Everything
- Great reminders from Mark Manson, How Do You Measure Your Life?
- Ah ha! Well+Good's 10 Foods that are Masquarading as Healthy is a must-read to see if some of your favorites are on the naughty list.
- I've been experimenting with a morning "breakfast" loosely inspired by Dave Asprey's bulletproof coffee, intermittent fasting and my dad's Bliss Engine that keeps me sharp and creative: just a cup of coffee (or two) and a big spoonful of coconut butter until at least after 1pm.
- It has been working fabulously, but part of me felt guilty for skipping breakfast . . . UNTIL the New York Times debunked the Myths that Surround Breakfast and Weight and another from Slate: Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs: Why are we so sure that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Funny how the tides can so dramatically change in mainstream health best practices. Ultimately, it all comes back to experimenting and listening to your own body for what works best for you.
- This was a fun one: The Fitness Habits Of Wildly Successful People (including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey, among others)
- On that note, here's How Exercise Can Help us Eat Less and 17 Science-Backed Ways to Bust Out of A Workout Rut
- Not that I spend much time in the kitchen, but if I did these would be insanely helpful! Greatist provides a list of 73 Kitchen Hacks to Save Time, Get Organized, and Stay Sane
- In my last post, Bad Mood? Get Your Body Right, I talked about sleep as one of The Big Three before you even bother troubleshooting with your mind. JJ Virgin shares 7 Fat-Regulating Hormones That Become Out of Whack With Too Little Sleep
- Also in line with my last post: A 3-minute video of The Most Awesome Explanation Ever of What Happens When You Stop Going Outside (on Vitamin D, nature, and standing more):
- Another gem from Jonathan Fields: Want to Make Better Stuff? Be a Better Person
- Peter Shallard says Everything You Know About Braintstorming is Wrong. Chief among his tips (after meditation and music): stop trying so hard.
- Fast Company shares 10 Paradoxical Traits of Creative People (SPOT ON. I sooo relate to every single one of these!)
- Here are 5 Profound Insights On Success From A Wharton Prof Devoted To Understanding It
- Charlie Gilkey gives a modern take on a classic buddhist story: Empty Your Boat to Increase Your Happiness
- Bernadette Jiwa gives 10 reasons for Why People Pay And Why It Matters.
- On a similar note, Tom Asacker says brands do not fill needs, Brands Feed Hungers, and the difference is critical:
"It's easy for shoe wearers to conclude that shoeless people have a problem. But one person's problem is simply another's status quo. Don't make that mistake. Find and feed their hungers instead. Great brands don't fulfill needs or solve problems. Great brands enhance lives." —Tom Asacker
- Love it! Take A Look At New York's Tiny, Secret Libraries
- Interesting . . . the new Oyster App is Spotify-ing books: With Oyster, Keep 100,000 Books In Your Pocket For $10 A Month
- Melani Ward of The Happy Work Project rounds-up an awesome list of Books that Help Your Career
Just for Fun
Did you catch the video of the girl who caught on fire while twerking? Turns out it was just another viral prank by Jimmy Kimmel. Here's a hilarious round-up of his 7 most popular viral videos.
After a recent (terrible!) decision to fall into a depressing, creativity-sabotaging rabbit hole of re-reading my one-star Amazon reviews (though ultimately I know they won't kill me), Jimmy Kimmel's video of Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets gave me a much-needed chuckle:
I also appreciated James Altucher and Ramit Sethi's Hate Mail Readings — priceless! And a great ladder out of the Troll Rabbit-Hole :)