BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Hi all! Here is hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. This week I’ve changed the layout, and introduced the three collumns: psychology, health, and leadership. I’ve been thinking about that for a while. I’d be happy to hear what you think about it. Enjoy.
Todd Kashdan elaborates on how curiosity toward one’s own experience, of lets say anxiety, can help deal with the feeling itself. Taking an observing perspective, like a scientist, can help decrease emotional “load”. He argues being able to sit with one’s own anxiety is a very useful skill. Moreover he gives a quick introduction on how to deal with negative thoughts. I’d compare this to a noting technique as in mindfulness meditation.
Keep death and exile before your eyes each day, along with everything that seems terrible— by doing so, you’ll never have a base thought nor will you have excessive desire. Use those reminders and meditate on them daily—let them be the building blocks of living your life to the fullest and not wasting a second.
This is on “how modern psychology is affirming the truths of timeless philosophy.” Love the parallels. “Blessings and burdens needn’t be mutually exclusive”. Stress is often caused by our judgement of things. When rethinking we often realize things aren’t as bad.
Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems. (Epictetus)
For 21 consecutive days, adults reported on whether they had sex, the quality of their sex (intimacy, pleasure), and positive emotions, negative emotions, and sense of meaning in life. We found that having sex boosted people’s sense of well-being the next day. There was no evidence for the reverse: If you felt a sense of enthusiasm, excitement, or happiness today, you are no more likely to have sex tomorrow. Seems obvious in hindsight, but not if you consider the wide bandwidth of research suggesting that positive emotions and happiness are the drivers of success.
Study protocol for the 10 Top Tips Trial:
There is […] a need for simple, effective interventions that can be delivered without specialist skills. This study includes a list of 10 simple things to implement one after the other to make some simple changes, that in turn have a profound effect.
One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by addressing nine lifestyle factors: Increase education, physical activity, and social contact. Decrease hearing loss, hypertension, obesity, smoking, depression, and diabetes.
Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE
Energy follows attention. Wherever you put your attention as a leader, that’s where the energy of your team tends to go. Put differently: Form follow consciousness. It’s the quality of your awareness that co-shapes what happens around you. I pay attention this way, therefore it emerges that way.
When workers, particularly Millennials, feel that they aren’t given the chance to stretch their wings, they leave.
This is a short udemy course on leadership by Seth Godin. Since I enjoyed his blog over the last months I tried this. He distinguishes between leadership and management, authority and responsibility, and elaborates on the importance of culture. Moreover he includes reflection exercises in every chapter.
Thanks for reading. Any feedback is welcome.
Have a great week,