Where Can You Find The Good Life?
Happy International Women's Day and welcome to The 5-Minute Recharge with one quote, three ideas, and a 5-minute recharge challenge to supercharge your wellness.
ONE BUBBLY QUOTE
“I like to say that every time you work out, it’s like you’re giving your brain a wonderfully enhancing bubble bath.”―Wendy Suzuki, neuroscientist at New York University
Bonus quote: “Move your body often, sometimes hard, every bit counts.” ― Brad Stulburg
#1 PEARLY WISDOM BJ Fogg is a social scientist who has led over 40,000 people through the process of behaviour change. In his latest book Tiny Habits, Fogg shares the MAP (Motivation-Ability-Prompt) structure of habit formation, but another gem you'll find in his book is his concept of the pearl habit. Here's the idea: think of something that bugs you--is it a driver creeping along who can't decide where to go, a neighbour's dog that always seems to bark around dinnertime or the person in line at the grocery store digging into the depths of her purse (that would be Lynne) trying to count out the exact change? Every time this irritant occurs, use it as a prompt to do something positive. In Tiny Habits, BJ provides the example of a friend going through an acrimonious divorce who used her husband's insults as a prompt to do something nice for herself, such as watch a movie, listen to favourite music, or draw a bubbly bath.
“Using someone's behaviour as a prompt for a healthy response as opposed to a self-defeating one is a great idea that can work for all sorts of situations where we feel powerless.” ― BJ Fogg
#2 THE GOOD LIFE Lynne had the opportunity this week to attend a talk given by Dr. Laurie Santos, one of the women in the wellness field whom she most admires. Dr. Santos teaches the most popular course at Yale: The Psychology of The Good Life. You can find the big lesson Lynne learned and keeps learning, along with a number of great wellness tips from Laurie Santos, in Knowing is Only Half the Battle. Tip #8 is HEALTHY PRACTICES MATTER MORE THAN YOU EXPECT...
“We could solve a lot of the mental health crisis among students if they got enough sleep.”― Dr. Laurie Santos
#3 CONNECTED YET LONELY A recent survey from health insurer Cigna found that 61 percent of Americans are lonely, up from 58 percent a year ago. Loneliness is feeling like there is no one with whom you can be yourself, and it can happen in a crowded office or with hundreds of social media connections. The quality rather than quantity of relationships is what former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy believes is lurking behind the opioid, obesity and mental illness crises and is the focus of the new book Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. Vivek advises us to be of service to others through volunteering, talk to strangers, and be disciplined about dedicating some time—even five minutes—every day to call or talk to a loved one.
“Look at the time we are already spending with people and ask ourselves how can I get more out of that time? Make that time as focused and as undistracted as possible. That means putting our devices away and listening carefully. A small amount of high-quality time can have a really powerful impact on how people feel.”– Vivek Murthy
Acts of Friendship gives you 47 ways to spend quality time with your friends.
The Fast Five
1. From the suffragists to Greta Thunberg: Time's 100 Women of the Year
2. Does exercise boost or reduce immunity?
3. Another reason to get a good night's sleep: The brain's rinse cycle
4. How to resist the attention economy
5. Listening: the key to communication
*********************************** YOUR 5-MINUTE RECHARGE CHALLENGE FIND YOUR WHY
“Happiness comes from what we do. Fulfillment comes from why we do it.”– Simon Sinek, from Start With Why
Judging by the 49 million views of Simon Sinek's TED Talk, a lot of people are eager to find their why.You can begin your search for your why now with a 5-minute why-finding session.
Take 5-minutes to answer these questions: What's your purpose? What's your cause? What's your belief? Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
Don't hold back. Write down whatever pops into your mind without editing for realism. Writing your why is an exercise worth doing. Why? The most contented people are those with a sense of purpose greater than themselves.To inspire you, here's Simon Sinek's why (as you can see, your why doesn't have to be complicated):
“To inspire people to do the things that inspire them.”
Wishing you an inspirational week
Lynne & Addie
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