Summary of “Here’s Why Time Off Work Actually IMPROVES Your Work and Life”

“If you love your work and life, why do you even need a break?”.
Here’s why time off actually IMPROVES your work and life.
People who never take time off to do nothing are short-term focused.
So take time off work strategically throughout the year.
They never took time off to reflect or think about their work.
When you take time off work, you have more inner-conversations.
Modern day life almost forces you to identify yourself with work.
Go Deeper If you want to hear more thoughts on why taking time off improves your life; listen to my podcast episode about it.

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Summary of “Older Americans Are ‘Hooked’ on Vitamins”

The National Institutes of Health has spent more than $2.4 billion since 1999 studying vitamins and minerals.
In Search Of The Magic BulletA big part of the problem, Dr. Kramer said, could be that much nutrition research has been based on faulty assumptions, including the notion that people need more vitamins and minerals than a typical diet provides; that megadoses are always safe; and that scientists can boil down the benefits of vegetables like broccoli into a daily pill.
American food tends to be highly fortified – with vitamin D in milk, iodine in salt, B vitamins in flour, even calcium in some brands of orange juice.
Researchers may have trouble finding a true control group, with no exposure to supplemental vitamins.
If everyone in a study is consuming fortified food, vitamins may appear less effective.
The body naturally regulates the levels of many nutrients, such as vitamin C and many B vitamins, Dr. Kramer said, by excreting what it doesn’t need in urine.
People who take vitamins tend to be healthier, wealthier and better educated than those who don’t, Dr. Kramer said.
Too Much Of A Good ThingTaking megadoses of vitamins and minerals, using amounts that people could never consume through food alone, could be even more problematic.

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Summary of “Satellite images from highly oblique angles are pretty mindblowing”

“The entire sense of mountain terrain was lost,” Simmon told Ars.
Most traditional satellite images show great detail about the Earth’s surface, but as they observe from directly overhead, this vantage point makes the planet look flat.
So Simmon began fiddling with some of Planet’s satellites, including its 13 SkySats orbiting at 450km above the Earth’s surface that have a resolution of 80cm per pixel.
Instead of taking overhead images, Simmon began to capture images from highly oblique angles-as much as a 60- or 70-percent difference from directly overhead images.
There are some potential applications, too, beyond the “Wow” factor of the images.
Taking stereo images of an object from different angles will allow for the derivation of height.
Taking images from many different angles will allow for the construction of a 3D model of a mountain or be used to track urban growth in cities.
There is even enough resolution in the SkySat images for commodity traders to track the volumes of coal at a site, the depth of mines, or even to determine the height of shipping containers to measure the outflow of goods from a port.

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Summary of “A Long Walk Is As Good for the Mind As It Is for the Body”

“It does good also to take walks out of doors, that our spirits may be raised and refreshed by the open air and fresh breeze.”
“We should take wandering outdoor walks, so that the mind might be nourished and refreshed by the open air and deep breathing.”
It’s good for you to go outside and take a walk.
Your state of mind and spirit will improve as you breathe in some fresh air.
What to Take From It. There’s no doubt that walking every day, even if only for 20 minutes or so, is good for your health.
You can even try what I do and use walking as a time to meditate and reflect on what’s happening in your life.
When something is troubling you, or you’re facing a particularly tough obstacle, step outside and walk.
Don’t run from your problems, friend, walk toward a solution.

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Summary of “What smartphone photography is doing to our memories”

The seams of our edited memories are silently sealed; we often can’t remember what we can’t remember.
I’ve been wondering what happens to our memories when we start to rely on smartphones more and more to document our lives.
At the same time, new research suggests that cameras can also be used to enhance our memories of certain experiences.
How photo taking may mess with our memories The first step to forming a lasting memory is to pay attention.
How much of my life do I want remembered purely by my brain? Another reason taking photos may diminish our memories is an idea called cognitive offloading.
Alixandra Barasch is a cognitive scientist at NYU. In her work, she finds that, yes, incessant smartphone camera use can lead to lapses in memory.
In 2011, Fairfield University psychologist Linda Henkel found in a experiment that when participants were simply told to take photos in a museum exhibit, their memories for the object and the details about them were diminished.
If we want to hold on to certain memories, it’s going to take some mental effort.

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Summary of “The Beatles’ ‘Please Please Me’ Session, Hour by Hour”

“Please Please Me” and its B side, “Ask Me Why,” were already in the can, as well as the Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do,” backed by “P.S. I Love You.” That left 10 more songs to fill out the customary 14 tracks of a British LP. “It was a straightforward performance of their stage repertoire – a broadcast, more or less,” Martin said, not unlike their regular sessions on the BBC radio.
“We ran through all the songs before we recorded anything. We’d play a bit and George Martin would say, ‘Well, what else have you got?'” Paul McCartney wanted to record the old Marlene Dietrich ballad “Falling in Love Again,” but the number was vetoed by Martin, who deemed it “Corny.” The same went for “Besame Mucho,” made famous by the Coasters, which had been a perennial Beatles favorite since 1960.
Five takes of the song were recorded, two of them incomplete breakdowns, with the band playing and singing live.
3:45-4:15 p.m.: “A Taste of Honey” vocal overdubsThe overdubs on “Do You Want to Know a Secret” apparently triggered something with Martin and the boys, because the next hour and a quarter was spent polishing off songs that were already in the can.
It’s telling that all the non-original songs on Please Please Me had been performed by black soul artists, bearing out McCartney’s assertion that the Beatles saw themselves as “a little R&B combo.”
According to McCartney, the number “Was a fan favorite with the crowd. And it was great – though if you think about it, here’s us doing a song and it was really a girls’ song. ‘I talk about boys now!’ Or it was a gay song. But we never even listened. It’s just a great song.”
The second Shirelles song the Beatles’ recorded that day, “Baby It’s You” also featured contributions from Luther Dixon, the co-writer of “Boys.” Three takes were recorded, one of which was a false start, with the final one labeled as the best.
“You can hear it on the record. But it was a pretty cool performance.” The final seconds of the song, which eventually closed the Beatles’ debut, capture a joyous “Hey!” – McCartney’s spontaneous salute to his mate.

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Summary of “How to Attain Self-Realization”

I’m going to dive into what exactly self-realization is and the exact steps you can take to attain it for yourself.
How psychologists see self-realizationHumanistic psychology also follows a similar train of thought about self-realization.
Psychologist Abraham Maslow has named people he considered to have reached self-realization such as Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to name a few.
Self-realization cannot be achieved if you are struggling financially and too caught up in worrying about how to pay for the rent and provide food for your family.
How religions see self-realizationIn religions, the concept of self-realization is taken from a different perspective altogether.
Whatever the situation, self-realization gives you the safe space you need to heal and grow.
It does a great job of demystifying what meditation really is and how it can benefit you to achieving self-realization.
How to make time for self-realization every dayI know what you’re thinking.

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Summary of “When You’ve Procrastinated On Your Goals For Too Long”

In the beginning, when we set the goal, we feel usually motivated, for about a day.
As each additional day passes, the resistance starts to grow.
As more time passes by, we feel more overwhelmed, especially if we have attempted to start several times, and failed.
The biggest problem in this scenario is that we think of the sheer size of the goal, or to be more accurate, the list of the activities we need to do, and how much time it will take us to do them all.
There is nothing wrong with the big picture, on the contrary, we need it, but in the beginning, when it’s the planning phase.
Don’t think about the science or that you need 66 days to establish a habit, it will just overwhelm you additionally, which you don’t need.
Next, to the “ONE DAY” principle, the only other one you need is the consistency.
Let’s get down to concrete steps you can take a right this moment to take action and start working on your goal.

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Summary of “The Secret to Being a Productive Human: Take More Breaks”

If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a “The timing’s just off” break-up line and thought your partner’s excuse was a weak cop-out to avoid having to tell you how truly terrible you are, take some solace: They may not have been lying to you! Because it turns out that timing is everything.
We caught up with Pink to talk the importance of breaks, the best time to exercise, and how you can tweak your work schedule to dramatically improve your performance.
Once you made that realization, did that change how you think about time on a daily basis?I think about time much more on a daily basis than I ever did.
We think about time in the sense that we worry about being late.
What would you say to someone who says, “Oh, I don’t have time for a break. I’ve got too much to do”?If I want to be really glib, I say, “You don’t have time not to take a break.” I would use myself as a testimonial and say, “I used to believe that myself, too. I used to power through breaks, for whatever reason.” My view was that amateurs took breaks and professionals didn’t.
Take it from this mountain of research showing that we’re more productive, more replenished, more creative, and happier, and we do better on our job if we take more breaks-and if we take these certain kinds of breaks.
You don’t want, “Oh, I’m on a break. I’m going to go take a walk with a friend outside, but I’m going to spend the whole time answering text messages from my boss or looking at my Instagram feed.”
The combination of elevated mood and decreased vigilance makes it a very good time for brainstorming for more creative kinds of things that require a degree of looseness.

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Summary of “Benefits of Ginger”

I’ve heard time and time again how great ginger is for your health, but how beneficial is it really? To find out whether the root actually yields results or purely sounds healthy, I asked Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, who replied, “Yes, ginger actually has science-based evidence to back a number of benefits.”
See below for the right and wrong ways to consume ginger and reasons to start eating it today.
In addition to helping combat motion sickness – especially seasickness – and easing nausea in pregnant women when taken properly, ginger is also great to consume post-workout.
Cynthia suggests adding freshly grated ginger root to fresh-pressed juices and smoothies, hot or iced tea, or hot or iced water.
“For a simple treat I like to chop a fresh apple or pear, sauté over low heat in lemon water with fresh-grated ginger, then top with a crumble made from a combo of almond butter, rolled oats, and cinnamon.”
According to Cynthia, ginger should not be given to children under the age of 2.
In terms of adult use, there is such thing as overdoing it when it comes to fresh ginger or ginger food products, like ginger tea.
“If you use ginger in foods or beverages, use moderation – especially pregnant and breastfeeding women, and anyone taking blood thinning medications, or people with a history of gallstones, heart disease, diabetes, or another chronic medical condition,” Cynthia said.

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