More and more evidence is showing up that your microbiota can affect your mental health. In other words, eat you probiotic yogurt.
Turns out “gut feeling” is more than just a fancy name for intuition. Our small and large intestine, and the trillions of bacteria that call it home, are more important than ever imagined for influencing our mood, our anxiety, our choices, and even our personalities. This week Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen goes straight for the gut with three surprising mind-gut connections.
Ellen Hendriksen, PhD | December 23, 2016 | Quickanddirtytips.com
Study finds that walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce risk of depression.
Rob Jordan | June 30, 2015 | Stanford News
Good, to the point advice.
Michelle Kinder | Jan 27, 2017 | Time magazine
It looks like “luck” is more of a frame of mind. And luck school actually helped unlucky people:
It pays to imagine your life is on a winning streak.
By Chelsea Wald | January 26, 2017 | Nautilus
“Luck is believing you’re lucky.”
—Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
I read an article called the The makeover trap, and one of its quotes,
“What is valorised in makeover culture is not the finished look but the willingness to undertake the neverending process of beautification”
got me to wondering why we would spend so much of our limited resources (time, effort and money) to look good in general.
It’s well known that like the peacock’ oversized tail, many in the animal kingdom have elaborate courtship rituals and/or have fancy features to prove the superiority of their genes, essentially advertising “I can survive and thrive and even have extra energy for unnecessary (and sometimes even hindering) features/actions”. Is it the same instinct in humans, trying to demonstrate their superiority by proving that they can succeed in life AND have the extra resources to keep themselves looking beautiful? Many aspects of what we find beautiful is directly related to how much effort it takes, from a well-toned body (daily workouts) to hairstyle, make-up, home furnishings, etc.. Even in fashion, clothes that look like a lot of effort went into creating, are often considered more beautiful.
How much of your time and resources is spent on looking good? Would you be happier if you could spend even more resources?
Great tip for feeling fuller on less calories: start your meal with a thick low-cal soup. The article below explains. (I got myself an immersion blender, which makes great pureed soups with minimum effort)
And why it sometimes has an edge over solid food
Can you believe your own eyes? It looks like we can’t even rely on that in the future.
In this era of fake news all around us, detecting is a major concern, and it looks like we are not very good at it. I like the definition:
“…bullshit is something that is constructed absent of any concern for the truth.”
As the article explains below,
“Bullshit is much harder to detect when we want to agree with it.”