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December 21, 2020
“Whatever problem you're struggling with is probably addressed in some book somewhere written by someone a lot smarter than you" - Ryan Holiday
While the pervading advice for 20 minutes a day of exercise is definitely better than the more common zero minutes, it turns out that there is still more to be gained.
In effect, 40 mins of exercise gives you twice as much benefit as 20 mins, and a full hour gives you 3 times as much. But it seems that the multiplier effect stops there. In short, aim for an hour a day of physical movement and you should be getting close to the maximum benefit you can get from exercise.
What I have found over the years is that starting the day with the right activities to set your mood can have a profound impact on how the rest of your day goes. The article shared shows you some science backed rituals you can add to your day.
And if you’re doing them already you now have an even greater reason to keep doing so, and to explain to others why it works. With the holidays upon us, we have less stress, more rest, and more time to do things to get us back on track. Now’s the time to set some good rituals in before things pick up again.
I loved this case study from Growth.Design, who always produce some of the best breakdowns of User Experience journeys in the industry.
In this example, they show how misinformation thrives on our very human biases and how the technology platforms of today (ahem, Facebook) enable this behaviour. However, It ends positively by showing how we could use intelligent design to create better platforms that have less misinformation spreading and a much better experience for everyone.
We all hit creativity roadblocks sometimes. Sometimes, we struggle to get out of our own thought patterns. This short article shows how you can systematically create more ideas and drive them to completion. Sometimes, a rigid process is what you need to keep you focused and moving forward.
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional. Turns out that saying is truer than ever. In this piece, Mark sheds light on how children build a view of the world and figure things out through their basic feelings of pleasure and pain.
Later on, as they become teenagers they learn that these feelings are not always good signals to follow. There are higher principles at play. Parents and society play an important role in shaping that, but it doesn’t stop there. To truly grow up, one has to take the next step and operate from a stronger system of values.
The corruption of evidence based medicine runs deep. It turns out that more than 50% of journal editors are taking money from companies that benefit from the research findings. In addition, the author (a doctor himself) shows how the idea of evidence based medicine (while theoretically good) becomes corrupt and weaponised under the influence of money and human greed.
Why is this important? With “Second wave” making the news, we need to be vigilant to parse the actual truth from the narrative being sold. There are many of our governing institutions using these erroneous studies, journals or sensational headlines as a basis for decision making. When you interrogate the science carefully, you find that there are many holes in the arguments and the science is intentionally misleading.
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