In the News 27.09.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets
Tuesday 27th September, 2016
This Ancient Wisdom Reveals 6 Rituals to Become Happier
You get dumped by someone you’re totally in love with. Feel sad? God, yes.The world is going to end.
Okay, same scenario, but afterwards you find out that person was actually a psychopath who killed their last three partners. Feel sad you got dumped? No, you’re thrilled.
So clearly “getting dumped” isn’t the important factor here. What changed? Nothing but your beliefs.
If you lose your job and believe it was a lousy position and believe it won’t be hard for you to get a better job, you’re unfazed.
If you believe it was the greatest job ever and believe you’ll never get another one that good — you’re devastated. Emotions aren’t random. They follow from beliefs.
Read the rest of this article at Time
How Being Alone May Be the Key to Rest
How much rest do we think we need, who is getting the most, and what are the most restful activities? The results of the world’s largest survey on rest indicate that to feel truly rested, a lot of us want to be alone, reports Claudia Hammond.
Last November an online survey called The Rest Test was launched to investigate what rest means to different people, how they like to rest and whether there is a link between rest and well-being. The results are now in and the analysis has begun.
Rest sounds easy to define, but turns out to be far from straightforward. Does it refer to a rested mind or a rested body? Actually, it depends. For some, the mind can’t rest unless the body is at rest. For others it is the opposite. It is the tiring out of the body through vigorous exercise that allows the mind to rest – 16% of people said they find exercise restful.
Altogether, 18,000 people from 134 countries made time to take part in what was quite a lengthy survey devised by Hubbub – an international group of academics, artists, poets, and mental health experts – showing perhaps what a pressing issue rest is in the modern world.
Read the rest of this article at BBC
Voyages Visual Journeys By Six Photographers
THE APPEAL OF the road trip, or the long through-hike, or the pilgrimage, is that the ‘‘point’’ is so deliberately minimal — to arrive at, you know, the end — and the decisions involved so banal (stop for gas now, or in a bit?) that the distinction between signal and noise is blurred. The point of a photograph of a trail, or some billboard half-seen out the window of a bus, is that it could easily be exchanged for the image taken immediately before or immediately afterward. The random sample communicates in one unpremeditated frame all the significance that particular person’s drive down that particular road could possibly contain. This is the aspiration common to road-trip literature and road-trip photography: The moment at the gas station is held, insistently, to express as much about the total experience as the shot of the Eiffel Tower.
Read the rest of this article at The New York Times
Question Everything You Know About Fitness
Over the past two years, I’ve interviewed more than 100 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super-celebs (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, and surfing) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. Nearly 100 million downloads and two Best of iTunes inclusions later, I’m still learning more each month than I did in some previous years.
What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable tactics and details. This is reflected in the questions: What do these people do in the first 60 minutes of each morning? What do their exact workout routines look like and why? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?
My approach is unique because I don’t look at myself as an interviewer. I look at myself as an experimenter. If I can’t personally test something and replicate the results in the messy reality of everyday life, I’m not interested.
Read the rest of this article at Outside
The People’s Cheeseburger
The most important fast food restaurant in America is a radical burger joint in Watts
At lunchtime on a Saturday in early June, in the south Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, the temperature tipped up over the 90-degree mark. Locol, a fast food restaurant at the corner of 103rd and Anzac Avenue, was full of customers. Twenty or so people sat on wooden blocks that lined the dining room wall like oversized baby toys, eating fried chicken nuggets studded with bits of fermented barley, “burgs” made from beef mixed with grains and tofu, and for dessert, ice cream sundaes topped with candied kumquats and banana cream. Locol’s co-founders, chefs Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson, were up in the Bay Area to fine-tune the burgeoning chain’s weeks-old second location in Oakland, and here in Watts, things were running smoothly without them, order numbers ringing out over the soundtrack of old-school Gang Starr and classic R&B jams like “All Night Long.” One of the most powerful Black women in Congress was holding court in the restaurant; later that day, a former US president would do the same.
Maxine Waters, who has represented a large swath of South LA since 1991, dispensed hugs and handshakes while talking with constituents and proudly holding up Locol swag. Waters has a long history of advocacy in the neighborhood, going back nearly to the time of the fiery 1965 riots that put Watts on the national radar. In 1992, when four LAPD officers were acquitted for the beating of Rodney King, and Watts burned again, Waters took up the mantle of explaining to her predominantly white colleagues in DC the deep-seated frustrations of a poor, largely Black community that had long suffered from institutional neglect and oppression. “If you call it a riot, it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason,” she said at the time. “I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable.” Waters — and others — called it not a riot, but a rebellion.
Read the rest of this article at Eater