MEMO

Issue #269

Can YOU Fix Climate Change?

Never before in human history have we been richer, more advanced, or powerful. And yet we feel overwhelmed in the face of rapid climate change. It seems simple on the surface. Greenhouse gases trap energy from the Sun and transfer it to our atmosphere. This leads to warmer winters, harsher summers. Dry places become drier and wet places wetter. Countless ecosystems will die while the rising oceans swallow coasts and the cities we build on them. So why don’t we just like… prevent all of that? Well, it’s complicated.

Thank You, Dads of YouTube

On singleness, self-sufficiency, and masculinity.

How to have a stress-reducing conversation

It's difficult to feel an emotional attraction to your partner if they aren’t listening to you.⁠ The goal of active listening is to listen, not just hear, your partner's words with empathy and without judgment. When applied in couples therapy, this technique often fails because couples are asked to use it when they are airing their gripes with each other, leading to defensiveness or stonewalling. ⁠

Fight or flight: understanding how the stress response works

Imagine standing on stage in front of a few hundred people. Your heart is beating fast, your hands are sweaty, and you can feel a knot in your stomach. This is the fight-or-flight response at play. While it may be helpful in dangerous situations, such as an encounter with a wild or angry animal or a narrow miss with a vehicle, the fight-or-flight response may become an obstacle in your daily work and life by preventing you from getting out of your comfort zone and tackling ambitious challenges.

Why do you need to protect your sense of wonder — especially now

As the pandemic era goes on, more than ever we need ways to refresh our energies, calm our anxieties, and nurse our well-being. The cultivation of experiences of awe can bring these benefits and has been attracting increased attention due to more rigorous research. At its core, awe has an element of vastness that makes us feel small; this tends to decrease our mental chatter and worries and helps us think about ideas, issues, and people outside of ourselves, improving creativity and collaboration as well as energy. The authors, a physician and a psychologist, have facilitated hundreds of resilience and well-being workshops; they suggest a number of awe interventions for individual professionals as well as groups.


Go deeper on Better Human.

Keeping track of human interactions

My system on how I keep track with whom I meet and what we talked about.

I prefer to read the weekly news

The new system I adopted gave me more time and peace of mind.

Self-reflection

A short overview of my preferred self-reflection framework.

Strategies that helped me to procrastinate less

If you struggle with procrastination, I might help you improve your current situation.

How to keep your digital self safe

A short and actionable guide on how to stay safe online.


Ask me anything

I would love to write about topics you all are interested in. If there is a topic you would love to see covered, you can add it to the thread on Better Human.


Bonus

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