Summary of “From Brooklyn to India, in Search of the Secret to Parenthood”

Parenting is hard enough without having one woman in a mothers’ group suggest importing organic formula from Norway while another, baby clutched at her breast, gasps that we could even consider feeding our babies formula.
When buying my baby’s first bassinet before she was born, I made the mistake of asking my online mothers’ group for recommendations.
The bassinet we got worked perfectly well but just as we were starting to get full nights of sleep and an occasional night out, we got on a plane and flew across the world to India and landed at the airport at 1 a.m. It was bustling with families waiting for loved ones and babies and children of all ages running around excitedly with no concept of a bedtime.
With the baby strapped to me in a carrier and an iced coffee in my hand, I marched in to the shop and said, “I’d like to see your options for cribs, please.”
Babies are challenging: In a cruel failure of evolution, adults require five hours of uninterrupted sleep in order to function and newborn babies need to feed every three hours.
They say babies thrive on routine and I had just begun to find mine in Brooklyn, but it was a perfectly crafted rhythm with no space for deviation or change.
My baby, who loved 22 out of the 24 hours it took us to get to Mumbai, doesn’t seem to be too bothered about her routine being disrupted so far.
We went out to dinner with friends who have a 7-month-old and both babies stayed awake for part of the dinner and then fell asleep in their strollers.

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Summary of “Changing These 4 Beliefs Will Make You Surprisingly Happy”

Albert says your beliefs are what cause the majority of unhappiness, anger, and anxiety you experience.
So what are some of the most common problematic beliefs Albert identified – and how do we fix them?
What beliefs about your own behavior does Ellis say regularly cause you problems?
You just don’t have to hold silly beliefs that drive you nuts.
Okay, you’re disputing and replacing irrational beliefs.
So you can finally get that worry song to stop playing in your head. But how do we deal with those beliefs about our past that have shaped us? The beliefs that we feel make us who we are?
Because of how our filters are set up, we often notice instances that support the unhealthy beliefs more than we notice those that may support our opposite, healthy beliefs; however, that “Evidence” almost always exists as well.
One valuable tool involves forcing ourselves to look back over those very same periods of life purposefully looking to see the evidence that supports our healthy beliefs.

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So whenever her anxiety acts out, she can say, “Oh, Steve. Cut it out.”
Just like adults, they need to learn how to live with their anxiety, rather than in fear of their fears.
Anxiety in adolescents is on the rise, reports the New York Times: It is now the most common reason.
“You don’t want her to think things such as Go away, Germ Worm! or I hate you, Germ Worm! or You suck, Germ Worm!” she writes.
She’ll say something like, “John, if you touch this shopping cart, you’ll get germs on you!” And then John will respond by saying, “Hi, Germ Worm!” Later on, your child can greet her worry silently in her head. Prod when necessary.
If you see your child becoming anxious, Walker writes that you can ask, in a calm voice, “Is that Germ Worm?” Your kid might get annoyed and say “No!”-at that point, don’t try to convince her otherwise.
Some kids may worry that nicknaming a fear will make them think about the fear even more.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, which is said to be the most helpful form of therapy for treating anxiety in children, requires for kids to move closer to a fear.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Alibaba’s Jack Ma says successful leaders need EQ, IQ, and “LQ””

Good leaders generally develop different kinds of intelligence.
“If you want to be respected, you need LQ,” said Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Chinese internet giant Alibaba, who spoke in New York today to a packed audience of CEOs and government leaders at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum.
“And what is LQ? The quotient of love, which machines never have.”
At the forum, a successor of sorts to the Clinton Global Initiative annual confab of movers and shakers, Ma said he believes humans will find solutions for the most dire issues facing global development today, including poverty, climate change, and disease, by having confidence in their imaginations and their ability to out-think machines.
Ma said the answers won’t come from people over age 50, mainly because older people tend to worry too much.
Ma, a former teacher, says he always warns government leaders to also “Pay attention to education,” because right now we’re teaching children the wrong thing: that machines are better than humans.
Rather than encouraging humans to become more like machines, we should be building our machines to be more like humans, he suggested.
“A machine does not have a heart, [a] machine does not have soul, and [a] machine does not have a belief. Human being have the souls, have the belief, have the value; we are creative, we are showing that we can control the machines,” he said.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Tempted to Worry? Try Making Concrete Plans Instead.”

In the not so distant past it was the only one I knew.
Each time I wrote this column, I worried that my editor would say, “Sorry, Carl. This just isn’t very good. I’m afraid that’s the end of the Sketch Guy.”.
Inevitably, of course, I would bring my worries to my business partner.
I would go on and on about “What if….” And when she seemed totally calm, I would say, “Aren’t you worried?!”.
Because she’s generally unflappable, she would simply say, “I could be worried, if you want me to be. But I don’t see how it would help.”
As Shantideva is said to have noted, “If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?”.
I took my wife’s advice, and instead of constant worry, I now try to do something more productive.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Imposter Syndrome: Why You Have It and What You Can Do About It”

Imposter syndrome was actually first known as “Imposter phenomenon.” In the 1970s, psychologists Suzanne Imes and Pauline Rose Clance coined the term “Imposter phenomenon”.
The imposter phenomenon refers to feelings of inadequacy, feeling like a fraud, attributing success to luck rather than skill and effort, and worrying about being found out.
All these feelings occur in those with imposter phenomenon despite evidence of success.
“If there is some new transitional experience, new career, new promotion, it can trigger those feelings.” But for those experiencing imposter phenomenon, Young says the cause seems to be setting expectations that are “Exceedingly high” and “Unrealistic notions of what it means to be competent.”
Imposter phenomenon can also correlate to worse outcomes at work-perhaps due to these unhealthy working habits.
A study of over 200 professionals at the University of Salzburg found those experiencing imposter phenomenon tended to be paid less, were less likely to be promoted, and felt less committed and satisfied at work.
Since imposter phenomenon is so damaging, but also extremely prevalent, let’s look at some of the ways to overcome it.
If you’re experiencing imposter phenomenon, try these approaches to lessen the impact on your emotional state and your work.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Worry is the most useless emotion”

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed how many CEOs are stressed out and worried about something.
They’re worried about employees leaving, internal team conflict, growing fast enough, their product failing, the market changing, the competition beating them, running out of money, hiring great people.
How do we put an end to it? Personally, I know I’d like to worry less.
In an effort to worry less as a leader, I decided to write out what works for me.
Ask yourself: “What’s the most I can do with what I have right now?”Most of my worry stems from feeling a lack of control over a situation.
My worry also comes from my mind operating too much in the future.
Often times, when I say my worries aloud to another person, it becomes immediately apparent how stupid that worry is, how pointless it is and the worry evaporates.
My worries become exacerbated when I don’t take care of my mind and my body.

The orginal article.

Summary of “7 Harsh Truths About Life That No One Wants to Accept”

As with most things, the first step in fixing the problem is being aware of it.
It’s been said that a day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.
Procrastination makes easy things hard and hard things harder, and few things are more damaging to success.
We have more negative thoughts than we have positive.
The cure is to let go of expectations and learn to find positivity in most situations-because short of an outright tragedy, every experience has at least some good to bring, and you’ll accomplish far more by thinking of positive solutions.
You cannot control much of what happens in life, and a big part of wisdom is coming to terms with that fact.
Instead, focus on knowing more and doing more and being the best version of yourself.
There are truths about life that exist, and they can be harsh, but if we learn to accept them we can go beyond them.

The orginal article.