Here are some things I read this week that made me think. (These are just snippets - click on the title to read the whole thing.)
18 pretty, printable 2017 calendars, lots free! Because free is a good way to start a new year from Caroline at CoolMomPicks
"Amidst all the talk of dieting and New Year’s resolutions, I have to admit, I kind of appreciate artwork that shows my unabashed love for baked goods. Especially one that’s as cute and colorful as this..."
Neuroscientists Discover a Song That Reduces Anxiety By 65 Percent from Carolanne at The Mind Unleashed
"Researchers at Mindlab International in the U.K. wanted to know what kind of music induces the greatest state of relaxation. The study involved having participants try to solve difficult puzzles — which inherently triggered a certain degree of stress — while connected to sensors. At the same time, participants listened to a range of songs as researchers measured their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure and rate of breathing.
What they found is that one song — “Weightless” — resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates."
"All 28 days of it—in just two minutes."
What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet from Leo at Quartz
"If we’re the last people in history to know life before the internet, we are also the only ones who will ever speak, as it were, both languages. We are the only fluent translators of Before and After.”
9 Ways to Promote Gratitude in Your Life by Therese at Psych Central
"I constantly compare myself to people who are more productive than I am (have more energy and need less sleep), who go to a doctor once a year, and who are resilient to stress. “Why can’t I be like her?” I ask myself. And then I remember Helen Keller’s quote: “Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.”
Her wisdom forces me to go back and remember all the people I know who can’t work at all because of their chronic illnesses, those with unsupportive spouses who don’t understand depression, and the folks I know who can’t afford a monthly pass to Bikram yoga or kale and dandelion greens to make smoothies. Suddenly, my jealousy has turned to gratitude."
Why this is THE colour of 2017 and how to get the look from Karen at Nottingham Post
"After all the Pantone Colour of the Year influences all arenas of design, from wallcoverings to furniture, so visit any interiors store in the coming months and expect to find a sea of green.
If you want to make all your neighbors green with envy with an on-trend interior, [this] style guide has all the answers."
Alternative names to Resting Bitch Face. A few of my favorites:
- This is All a Bunch of Bureaucratic Nonsense Face
- I’m Just Now Registering That Horrible Thing You Did Face
- I Can’t Believe I Have to Fill Out Another Effing Form Face
- Tell Me Again About That Thing I Didn’t Care About the First Time Face
- I Need a Cheeseburger and Possibly Two Face
"Seidman suggested she had a “seeing superpower” that her husband and children did not. But she doesn’t, of course. It’s just that her willingness to do it allows everyone else the freedom not to. If she were gone, you bet her husband would start noticing when the fridge went empty and the diapers disappeared. Thinking isn’t a superpower; it’s work. And it all too often seems only natural that women do the hard work of running a household."