Topics: Metformin & Life Extension, Fixing Posture, Empathy & Paracetamol, Employee Motivation, Job Satisfaction, Contemplation
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Hi all! Here is hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Enjoy.
METFORMIN AND LIFE-EXTENSION
Metformin Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pill: “The current approach of treating each illness separately […] ultimately amounts to a fool’s errand. We survive cancer only to get heart disease a few years later, or vice versa. “Unless we target aging itself,” he announced, “all we can hope is that we switch one disease for another.”
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR HEART ISN’T IN YOUR WORK ANYMORE
What to Do When Your Heart Isn’t in Your Work Anymore: “In an ideal world, our work lives would be completely fulfilling, full of meaning, and intrinsically motivating. But what if they’re not?”
Article on Fastcompany.com: I Tried Five High-Tech Solutions That Promised To Fix My Terrible Posture: ““There are no shortcuts,” says Bahar. “It’s a process and it’s going to take time.”
The Explainer: One More Time, How Do You Motivate Employees? Two minute video on how motivation and engagement at work build. I’ve come across a team leader repeatedly this week who thinks motivation still works like a kick in the butt. Here’s the truth. Or part of the truth. Love the title: “…one more time…”
PARACETAMOL KILLS EMPATHY
“In this case, the participants had the chance to empathize with the suffering of someone who they thought was going through a socially painful experience. Still, those who took acetaminophen showed a reduction in empathy. They weren’t as concerned about the rejected person’s hurt feelings.”
Researchers now move on to find if ibuprofen shows the same effect.
“When your sparring partner scratches or head-butts you, you don’t then make a show of it, or protest, or view him with suspicion or as plotting against you. And yet you keep an eye on him, not as an enemy or with suspicion, but with a healthy avoidance. You should act this way with all things in life. We should give a pass to many things with our fellow trainees. For, as I’ve said, it’s possible to avoid without suspicion or hate.”
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Still happily reading, and reviewing the daily stoic. Loved this one: try to see your daily experiences as training. Stakes all the sudden become much lower.
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