Our monthly reading edits are compiled by Francine Thompson, W&D’s Content Manager, Bridgette Dutkowski, W&D’s Project Manager, and me! Every month we get together to talk about the content going on W&D for the upcoming weeks, which is most often inspired by articles, timely topics, and cultural touch points outside the lifestyle category. We hope that we enjoy these links and get as much out of them as we do!
Hello, JULY! I blinked and half of 2016 flashed by. It truly has been the fastest year of my life thus far and as we’re entering the month I’m due to give birth, you’d be right to guess the entire team here is working hard and fast to take a little bit of a break once baby arrives. Our monthly edit (delivered a little late) definitely shows that we’re gearing up to do more with less and be more thoughtful in how we spend our time. I hope you enjoy this round up! It’s a good one.
+ On when (and how) to speak up on social media: “But by stating your opinion on social media, you’re letting both the original poster and anyone seeing the post know that at least one other person out there has a different point of view.” Want to Actually Change Someone’s Mind on Social Media? Do This – by Art Markman via Fast Company
+ On maximizing your brain’s capacity: “In everyday life, you may find yourself “loading” your mind in various ways: memorizing a list of groceries to buy later at the supermarket, rehearsing the name of someone you just met so you don’t forget it, practicing your pitch before entering an important meeting. There are also, of course, the ever-present wanderings of a normal mind. And there are more pathological, or at least more chronic, sources of mental load, such as the ruminative thought patterns characteristic of stress, anxiety and depression. All these loads can consume mental capacity, leading to dull thought and anhedonia — a flattened ability to experience pleasure.” Think Less, Think Better – by Moshe Bar via The New York Times
+ On how to adapt to adversity: “One major difference in those who are resilient and those who are not is self-awareness—the ability to identify their emotions and question the thoughts that preceded them.” How to Become More Resilient So Nothing Can Keep You Down – by Joseph Pennington via Tiny Buddha
+ On expectations, vulnerability, and marriage: “This philosophy of pessimism offers a solution to a lot of distress and agitation around marriage. It might sound odd, but pessimism relieves the excessive imaginative pressure that our romantic culture places upon marriage. The failure of one particular partner to save us from our grief and melancholy is not an argument against that person and no sign that a union deserves to fail or be upgraded.” – Why You Marry The Wrong Person — by Alain de Botton via The New York Times
+ On babies and a blank slate: “I didn’t know that kids were not blank slates,” she said. “It changed the way I look at babies.” If more people recognized that fact, the way communities and policymakers think about and invest in the early years of life might be different. — The Complex Lives of Babies— by Emily Duray via The Atlantic
+ On the myth of technology and efficiency: “Today, productivity growth has declined appreciably. Since 2007 it hasn’t even kept up with inflation. What happened? The financial crisis, sure, but that’s not all. Companies have continued to invest in new technologies for white-collar workplaces, but the benefits are no longer visible. In fact, we may have reached a tipping point where each new investment in office technology must be carefully assessed against a simple test: will it actually help people get more done, or not?” Is Technology Really Helping Us Get More Done? — by Michael C Mankins via Harvard Business Review
+ On the connection between 911 and private equity: “In emergency care and firefighting, this approach creates a fundamental tension: the push to turn a profit while caring for people in their most vulnerable moments.” When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers – by Danielle Ivory, Ben Protess, and Kitty Bennett via The New York Times
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BY Kate Arends - July 4, 2016
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.