here we are again, a new edition of powernotes. Today, we will start with something sort of spiritual. Have you heard about the concept of “Overview Effect”? It’s a state of mental clarity, a shift in awareness, that occurs when you are in space and see the Earth. You become overwhelmed and awed by the size of Earth. That specific feeling is what is meant by the overview effect. Start your day with this video, called Overview :
It makes you think, right? About life, about our planet, our place in this universe…we are all interconnected.
Five Daily Booknotes / wisdom from books
The majority of us have no idea how to make ourselves happy. Today’s notes are from a fascinating book that will show us how, and why this happens. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert.
Here are five notes from the book:
The most important reason why our brains insist on simulating the future is that our brains want to control the experiences we are about to have.
People who don't have dire reactions to tragic events are sometimes diagnosed as having "absent grief". Recent research shows conventional wisdom is wrong, that the absence of grief is quite normal, and most people are surprisingly resilient in the face of trauma.
We cannot do without reality and we cannot do without illusion. Each serves a purpose, each imposes a limit on the influence of the other, and our experience of the world is inbetween.
You may ultimately feel better when you are the victim of an insult than when you are bystander to it.
Wealth increases happiness when it lifts people out of poverty into middle class, but it does little to increase happiness thereafter.
Smart Voices / ideas and opinions from experts
American author Seth Godin about the feeling of doing something important:
Well, of course you feel that way, because you are an impostor. And so am I. Because if you are doing work that hasn't been done before, which means creativity or leadership, then you can't be sure it's going to work. Because it's never been done. And so instead of denying how you feel, you might look at how you feel as a symptom that you are doing something important and generous. And when that feeling shows up, we can welcome it, we can sit with it. Because the harder we try to make it go away, the more powerful it becomes.
Nature Shorts / a daily nature moment
A colourful nature moment for today. Perhaps the most well known tropical bird, the toucan is a symbol of playfulness and intelligence. They are noisy, colourful, sociable, and help keep rainforests alive. They can fly, but they are not as graceful as other birds when flying. Toucans spend more time hopping than flying, which kinda makes them also funny. Their name comes from the sound they make, let’s not forget that toucans are among the world’s noisiest birds. You don’t want to argue with a toucan.
Smart Notes / very short knowledge nuggets
A very short technology note for today. What is Cloud Computing? It is the delivery of different services through the internet. These resources include tools and applications like data storage, servers, databases, networking, and software. Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of all computing services over the internet.
Interesting Reads / How to overcome the loneliness of youth
It’s extremely common to feel lonely when you’re young. Many strategies can help, the key is finding what works for you. Read the article.
Moments in History / bite-sized pieces of history
Have you ever heard about the Tollund Man? A man was discovered in a bog near the Danish town of Tollund in such good condition that he was initially believed to be a recent murder victim. The body had been lying in rest for some 2,300 years, still dressed in primitive clothing. Tollund man is so well preserved, even his last facial expression is clear.
From The Web / cool and interesting stuff from around the world
Scroll until 10924 meter deep under the sea. An awesome interactive website. Check it out HERE.
Pocket Thought of the day
Trauma is part of your identity.
Quote of the day
Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. / Salvador Dali
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