Hello friends! At your service, another round of fodder for your weekend coffee-talking and brunching!
Note: I am going to experiment with switching these to a monthly format for the next few rounds as I get into deep work on my book proposal. We’ll see how that goes . . . I will have to become a better curator so I don’t try to throw in the whole kitchen sink with too many pent-up links!
- Studies reveal the happiness paradox: wanting to be happy may make you unhappy (I tend to agree)
- Psychology Today sheds light on The Importance of Negative Thinking
- Ryan Stephens offers a great summary of Brené Brown’s work on How to Live a Wholehearted Life: 10 Research Backed Tips
- I enjoyed re-reading this post from Tim Ferris’ archives from Ryan Holiday: Stoicism 101: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs
- YES. From Danielle LaPorte: One of the most helpful things you can do for your friends: Be a witness to what’s working. As in, maybe, just maybe don’t always jump straight to pointing out their shortcomings or trying to solve their problems.
- When your chips are down, know that you’re not alone. Loved these honest, real posts from my friends Jamie: The Shame Spiral and other important notes from the bottom of a hole and Doniree: Even Diamonds Start as Coal: Rock Bottom, 4 Months, and Some Things I’ve Learned Since
- Also on Doni’s blog: longtime 20-something blogger friend Ben Boudreau wrote a fantastic piece on What would you do if you were handed a blank slate?
- Three cheers!! F*ck Balance, Try Alignment — The Beauty of Disequilibrium. (Thanks Tara for sending!)
- Loved this from Alexandra Franzen: How to write to someone you admire + become their BFF. (And why maybe … you shouldn’t.)
- From Farnam Street, Ernest Hemingway’s 1954 Nobel Acceptance Speech on Working Alone:
“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.“
—Ernest Hemmingway’s 1954 Nobel Acceptance Speech (via Farnam Street)
- My kinda medicine! From Mark Sisson: How to Get High on Life: 10 Natural Ways to Feel on Top of the World
- This shocked me — tea seems so innocuous! from FoodBabe: Do You Know What’s Really in Your Tea?
- Stress seems to be increasing across the board: The Atlantic on America’s Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted and Forbes reports that 42% Of Employees Have Changed Jobs Due To Stress
- Feel yourself maxing out? Here are 11 Ways to Avoid Burnout from 99U
- The world of sleep and dreams fascinates me. Here’s Brain Pickings on The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions (I have Dreamland in my queue of books to read)
- Need better reasons to hit the hay early? Check out this infographic on What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep and The Atlantic’s Doctor Who Coaches Athletes on Sleep
- Eat well and regularly, or you too may be more prone to voodoo-doll-poking the people you love! How Your Blood Sugar Could Be Wrecking Your Marriage
- Two great articles for beginners: What Meditation Isn’t and How + Why Meditation Works
- What’ll it be?! Why Chocolate Is Good for Us and The Dark Side of Dark Chocolate. Confession: I side with the second article and cut out chocolate (a long-time love affair) at the same time as coffee . . . I was definitely binge eating entire bars at a time!
- Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk. Bonus: pop in your earbuds with some great tunes and pretend you’re starring in a movie montage like I do.
- Besides, everyone from CEO’s to the President haven taken to the walk & talk: Walk With Me: How Zuck Struck a $19 Billion Deal on His Feet
“For almost every student, creativity increased substantially when they walked. Most were able to generate about 60 percent more uses for an object, and the ideas were both “novel and appropriate,” Dr. Oppezzo writes in her study.
. . . Walking markedly improved people’s ability to generate creative ideas, even when they sat down after the walk. In that case, the volunteers who had walked produced significantly more and subjectively better ideas than in their pre-exercise testing period.”
- Does a blog count as mistletoe?! Here are Fox Small Business Report’s 5 Reasons to Kiss a Small Business Owner
- The Guardian on Why lifestyle businesses are better than startups
- But it’s not all sunshine and roses: two reminders for all aspiring small business owners from The WSJ: Then There’s the Real Minimum Wage: Zero and the NY Post: Entrepreneurs being squeezed on all sides
- Great reminders in Copyblogger’s 53 Freelancing Mistakes That Are Costing You Clients, Cash, and Credibility and Richard Boehmcke’s 5 Things I Learned In My First REAL Year of Entrepreneurship
- Make sure to also get out of your own way! Charlie Gilkey on Five Ways Founders Stifle Business Growth
- On the upside, here’s How 12 Successful Founders Get Inside Their Customer’s Head
- When in doubt? Smile: It’s good for business, study finds
- Nothing you all don’t already know, but a good recap: The 6 Best Tools For Creative Work, According To Science
- From the Story of Telling: How To Write Your Mission Statement And 20 Great Mission Statements To Inspire You
“Your mission statement doesn’t need to be long and complex, it’s simply a promise—your statement of intention.
A mission statement needs to clarify the answers to the following two questions: What do you do? What happens because you exist?“
- Ryan Holiday’s The Overthinker’s Guide To Launching Your Next Project Without Wanting To Kill Yourself and How I Wrote Three Books in Three Years
- I also really appreciated Charlie Hoehn’s Book Launch Breakdown: Play It Away’s First Month of Sales
- Hilarious! And useful, seeing as I have ZERO interest in actually reading this runaway non-fiction bestseller: Ten handy phrases for bluffing on Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’
- Alexis Grant and team on Kindle Publishing: A Step-by-Step Guide for Selling Your Book Through Amazon
- Fantastic set of writing quotes collected by Gala Darling: Hope And Solace: Advice For Writers
“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.”