Topics: Social Media and Well-being, Closing the Intention-Action Gap, Unbiased Thought, Power Breath, Why We Tend To Make Bad Choices In The Long Run
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Photo by Bogdan Dada
Hi all! It’s Friday. Hence, here is your weekly dose of hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Enjoy.
FACEBOOK USAGE AND WELL-BEING
A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel: This article might give further reason to get rid of the facebook app on your phone or keep the time you spend there in check. The exact reasons are not clear. “Although we can show that Facebook use seems to lead to diminished well-being, we cannot definitively say how that occurs. We did not see much difference between the three types of activity we measured — liking, posting, and clicking links, (although liking and clicking were more consistently significant) — and the impact on the user. This was interesting, because while we expected that “liking” other people’s content would be more likely to lead to negative self-comparisons and thus decreases in well-being, updating one’s own status and clicking links seemed to have a similar effect”.
5 SECOND RULE
These are two pieces featuring Mel Robbins, author & coach. She elaborates on how to close the gap between our (good) intentions and taking action.
“Opinions. Everyone’s got one. Think about all the opinions you have: about whether today’s weather is convenient, about what liberals and conservatives believe, about whether so-and-so’s remark is rude or not, about whether you’re successful (or not), and on and on. We’re constantly looking at the world around us and putting our opinion on top of it. And our opinion is often shaped by dogma (religious or cultural), entitlements, expectations, and in some cases, ignorance. No wonder we feel upset and angry so often! But what if we let these opinions go? Let’s try weeding (ekkoptein; cutting or knocking out) them out of our lives so that things simply are. Not good or bad, not colored with opinion or judgment. Just are.”
– Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, Unbiased Thought
This is Jane McGonigal teaching a breathing hack, triggering your parasympathetic nervous system, and hence relaxation.
WHY WE’RE BAD AT THINKING ABOUT OUR FUTURE…
… and what to do about it. This article “Our Puny Human Brains Are Terrible at Thinking About the Future” explaines what processes undermine self-control or choices that contribute to well-being in the long run. It seems, that the brain imagines the future self as somebody else. So why exercise today if someone else gains muscle?
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