Tip of the week
Set aside 5 minutes every morning to jot down 1 thing you feel grateful for that day. Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, co-directors of the Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, found that teaching college students to “count their blessings” and cultivate gratitude caused them to exercise more, be more optimistic, and feel better about their lives overall. Learn more about their research.
Look clever at a cocktail party
A 2008 study by Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton and colleagues found that giving money to someone else lifted participants’ happiness more that spending it on themselves despite participants’ prediction that spending on themselves would make them happier. Read more about the study.
What are Ian, Darren & March up to this week?
Listen to an upcoming show to hear how our experiments went and what we learned!
Ian is experimenting with wearing BluBlocker glasses in the evenings. They filter out blue light, which has been shown to disrupt sleep.
Darren is testing out Epsom salt baths for better sleep following a trip & the dreaded jet-lag.
March is trying out Spire. A wearable device that tracks your breathing & helps reduce stress through focused breathing.
Article of the week
The Hidden Power of a Gift - by Seth Godin
"When done properly, gifts work like nothing else. A gift gladly accepted changes everything. The imbalance creates motion, motion that pushes us to a new equilibrium, motion that creates connection."
Product of the week
Kiva.org gift cards
Give the gift of giving. Kiva is an international nonprofit with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. When you give a Kiva gift card, you give someone else the chance to make a loan to a borrower who inspires them. When that loan is repaid, they can lend those funds again and again to make an even bigger difference. It's truly the gift that keeps on giving!
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All the best in getting better,
Ian, Darren & March