Hi all! This is hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Enjoy.
Short book by Heidi Grant Halvorson on what makes communication difficult, and why our messages don’t come across as we’d like them to.
Communication is vital, but the great irony is that human beings have a suprisingly difficult time when it comes to knowing what exactly they are communicating.
Beside an introduction on major biases that influence communication, such as the confirmation bias, she introduces three lenses that effect our perception, and hence how we communicate. These are trust, power, and ego. These are somewhat obvious, we just don’t act accordingly, most of the time.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.
Stronger leg muscles are linked to better brain ageing, a new study finds.
It suggests that simple lifestyle changes to boost our physical activity may help to keep us both mentally and physically healthy.
Tiny gains add up fast. Average speed can take you far if you just keep walking. The weight on the bar should grow like a calf in a field: slowly, gradually, reasonably.
This is the sequel to last week’s article on system thinking. As the author states it’s one of the best tools we have to develop a more detailed, dynamic and divergent perspective of the way the world works.
…dividing the cow in half does not give you two smaller cows. You may end up with a lot of hamburger, but the essential nature of “cow” — a living system capable, among other things, of turning grass into milk — then would be lost. This is what we mean when we say a system functions as a “whole”. Its behavior depends on its entire structure and not just on adding up the behavior of its different pieces.
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