My Instapaper is ballooning with great content. Between all the newsletters, tweets, and RSS feeds, I feel like there's interesting reads everywhere. Nonetheless, below are some of my favorite links along with my some fresh tracks I discovered this week.
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F%ck Your Couch
You might want to care a little less about the trifling things and put more effort into things that actually matter. Mark Manson describes the subtle art of not giving a f*ck.
“Because when we give too many fucks, when we choose to give a fuck about everything, then we feel as though we are perpetually entitled to feel comfortable and happy at all times, that’s when life fucks us.”
Oldie but a Goodie
At 93 years old Roger Andell is still as wise as a whip. He blogs and memorizes poems to keep his mind fresh. He also heeds Walter Cronkite's advice for old men:
“Never trust a fart. Never pass up a drink. Never ignore an erection”
Hack to Happiness
Set concrete goals like making someone smile instead of focusing on making them happy. As in life, the more specific your aim the more likely you are to get it.
+ Afghans are as happy as Latin Americans and 20% more likely to smile than Cubans.
The Groggy Nap
There are three main categories for napping: the Planned Nap, the Habitual Nap, and the Emergency Nap. Then there's the nap's duration, ranging from the the 6 minute Ultra-Short Sleep Episode to the 45 minutes Groggy Nap. I just wish they had cots at work.
+ Staying awake: Check out Starbucks Japan’s Origami Pourover Kit. Does this mean Americans get their’s in a Happy Meal?
Life Coach Tony Robbins
Money plays a huge role in happiness. But so does emotion. Chances are if you're progressing and pulling motivation you're happy.
"Progress equals happiness."
When in doubt, write it out. Push on with more optimistic writing. Dabble in an autobiography for self-help.
+ Here's the Five Minute Journal to help you get started.
Adults are fascinated with what teens are doing with their phones. It turns out that not all teens are sexting 24 hours a day. They're also not sharing everything on Instagram and Snapchat. Instead, they're putting passwords on some of their images.
+ Did you know that the average person keeps 630 pictures on their phone? That number is 1,500 in Japan.
♫ Tracks of the Week
- Bully - Milkman
- Joey Bada$$ - Born Day
- Gebeatah - Forever My Love
- Romare - Prison Blues
- Deft - Emeralds
- Phreni - Faces
- Midnight Rhythms - Evenings
Listen here or stream below.
Thought of the Week
“The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today.” — James Victore