1. Purpose-driven life. “I see my advocacy as part of an effort to make the equality principle everything the founders would have wanted it to be if they weren’t held back by the society in which they lived and particularly the shame of slavery,” stated RBG during a WNYC interview. Ginsburg used her talents to serve a higher purpose, and advocate on behalf of those who were not yet receiving equal rights. By creating such a life, she set herself up for greater life satisfaction. … [Read more...] about 5 Lessons From a Legal Pioneer: RBG
As an athlete, I spent most of my early career constantly setting unrealistic expectations of robotic flawlessness and mercilessly beating myself up anytime my performance was less than perfect. I was my harshest critic and worst enemy. I was also very low on the Pratfall Effect scale. Luckily, in my mid-30s, I had a colossal physical meltdown while being followed by TV cameras during the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley (later broadcast on 60 Minutes). It was humiliating. The good news is that being publicly shamed on national television forced me to acknowledge my imperfections. This ended up being the ultimate blessing in disguise and led to a turning point in my life. As Leonard Cohen once said, "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." … [Read more...] about Imperfection Makes Celebrities (and All of Us) More Likable
The sensation-seeking trait may have been useful to early humans. Without risky experiences, there would be little impetus for discovery. Neurologist Elkhonon Goldberg (2009) writes that the great globe-trotting Christopher Columbus would have never embarked on his great voyage had he not been temperamentally dysphoric and had Prozac been available in those days. The need for novelty has made us who we are — intelligent, curious, and constantly seeking the next good thing. Novelty-seeking behavior is a basic need, not a compulsive behavior. There is a thin line between normal and pathological behavior. … [Read more...] about Can You Be Addicted to Adrenaline?
Possibilities of being physically dependent on marijuana are high in regular users. This physical dependence can cause irritability, restlessness, lack of sleep, and appetite . Marijuana may impair your brain, making it harder for you to focus, learn, and remember things (this is mostly a short-term side-effect). Some studies have shown that marijuana may physically change the adolescent brain . It can cause inflammation and irritation in the lungs and may cause breathing problems. This also increases one's risk of contracting respiratory diseases because THC may weaken the immune system . Marijuana may weaken your heart because it makes your heart beat faster (from 50-70 times a minute to 70 to 120 beats or more per minute for 3 hours) . This may result in an increased risk of heart issues. Pregnant women who smoke can face the risk of giving birth to underweight or premature babies. It may cause fertility and pregnancy issues. It may cause changes in your … [Read more...] about How Marijuana Or Pot Affects Your Body And Mind
Charlene F. Belu and Lucia F. O’Sullivan in a piece aptly named “Roving Eyes: Predictors of Crushes in Ongoing Romantic Relationships” (2019) examined exactly that, how focusing on relational alternatives can damage current relationships.[i] While noting that such attraction is common, they recognize that eying potential relational alternative partners can jeopardize the stability of current relationships. When does this happen? They found the amount of attention paid to alternative partners predicted experiencing a crush while already involved in a romantic relationship. … [Read more...] about Why You Have Romantic Feelings for Someone You Hardly Know