Are “Guilty” Pleasures Actually Good for Us and Our Health? (thepathmag.com)

The very name of guilty pleasures already tells us how we should feel about them: guilty. We’re conditioned to believe that a weekend spent binging “The Circle” or “The Bachelor” has some element of shame attached to it, such that when someone asks about our weekends and we have to respond “I spent it binging ‘The Circle’” or “I caught up on ‘The Bachelor’,” we do it with an embarrassed chuckle and a readiness to follow the unfortunate revelation up with something along the lines of, “I know, I know. I’m not sure why I get so into it.”

But despite a long history of attaching shame to hobbies that we often refer to as guilty pleasures, psychologists and wellness experts generally agree that there isn’t — or at least there shouldn’t be — such a thing as a “guilty” pleasure. Why? Because anything harmless that helps us relax, reduce our stress, or feel better in some way is not only nothing to feel guilty about, but something that we should take pride in doing in the interest of better health…


5 Personality Traits That Make You Mentally Tough ~ Darious Foroux (dariusforoux.com)

Mental toughness means you’re good at dealing with the demands of life. It means you can perform under pressure. I’ve been researching this topic extensively since the start of this year. 

I found a 2019 study that looked into the relationship between different personality traits that determine our mental toughness. The authors studied professional athletes and found five personality traits that were predictive of success in sports. 

While these findings are not very solid or applicable to daily life, I found their list of five personality traits highly useful. We can use these traits as a guideline for gaining more mental toughness. In this article, I’ll share my take on the traits that made athletes mentally tough.



Yes, Your Alarm Clock Could Be Ruining Your Day ~ Jodi Helmer (myfitnesspal.com)

If you set an alarm each night before turning out the lights, take note: Waking up feeling refreshed and alert could be as simple as changing the tone on your alarm clock, according to research published in the journal PLOS One.

“Considering that sound has been employed as an awakening stimulus for many decades, and the capacity for modern technology to play custom alarm compositions, it seemed appropriate to investigate this area further,” says Stuart McFarlane, PhD, researcher at RMIT University in Australia…


Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for the Coronavirus (fpmt.org)

This page shares Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice and video teachings in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It is updated regularly.

Find advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Dronme (Khadro-la), plus updates and free online learning opportunities on the page Resources for the Coronavirus Pandemic.

https://fpmt.org/fpmt/announcements/resources-for-coronavirus-pandemic/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche-for-coronavirus/


The Law Of Momentum: How To Become Unstoppable ~ Darius Foroux (dariusforoux.com)

If there’s no external force on an object, there will be no movement whatsoever. But if you apply external force to that object, the movement of the object will change because of that force.

The key to everything in life that requires motion is this question: How much force do you need to get an object moving? 


How to Avoid Feeling Totally Isolated During Social Isolation ~ Anastasia Kalonji (thepathmag.com)

Social isolation can take a serious toll on your mental health. Anxiety, depression, loneliness, and discomfort are all valid feelings during this pretty surreal period of imposed quarantine. But although COVID-19 temporarily stripped us of our will and freedom to brave the outdoors unnecessarily, we can definitely make sure that it doesn’t strip us of our peace of mind (or sanity) when we’re stuck at home. In fact, there are many methods you can use to feel a little less isolated and more joyful during social isolation. By establishing a routine, staying active, and finding ways to feel connected to the world, you’ll regain control over your new life, and progressively find pleasure in being alone…


In ‘Together,’ Former Surgeon General Writes About Importance Of Human Connection ~ Rachel Martin (dailygood.org)

I heard many familiar stories about substance use and addiction, stories about depression and anxiety. But what I didn’t expect was that behind so many of their stories were threads of loneliness. And people wouldn’t say to me, “I’m lonely,” but they would say things like this: “I feel like I have to shoulder all of these burdens by myself”; “I feel if I disappear tomorrow, no one would even notice.” And I heard this time and time again. It was like a lightbulb went off. And I saw in the research that loneliness was far more common than I had thought, affecting 22% of adults in America. And it was deeply consequential.

It’s a subject he writes about in his new book, Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World...

http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=8471



Conversation: Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee: Deep Water ~ Richard Whittaker (conversations.org)

Most of us in the west take clean water for granted. And generally we’re equally asleep to the profound role water plays in our lives. In an interview with Sam Bower of greenmuseum.org [issue #18] I brought up the question of water. He mused, “If you think of what we are, I mean we’re made up of cells and each little cell contains a drop of seawater. In some ways, all the little creatures that emerged from the seas found each other, bound together and found a way of collaborating and sharing the recipe over and over with helpful modifications, and here we are today!

http://www.conversations.org/story.php?sid=272