Quote of the day
They are another exercise in procrastination. You know what the things are that you need to do so why not just get on with them immediately rather than delaying it by writing them down? They also encourage us to focus on the insignificant things so we can avoid doing the really big thing that often never even makes it on to the list.
~RUTH FIELD, author of Get Your Sh!t Together
Sensible, rational decisions are great for our well-being, but they do little to help us overcome new obstacles or invent new ideas.
It’s time to rethink how we teach children about money. For all the effort parents put into helping their children understand dollars and cents, and for all the effort schools put into formal lessons in personal finance, most children still grow up into adults who can’t properly save, spend and budget.
Why eating chocolate is good for you [The Chocolate Therapist: A User’s Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate], The Economist | Tweet
For lots of people there is little doubt about the deliciousness of chocolate. But its health benefits are less clear. Chocolate has been implicated in causing a litany of problems including acne and obesity. In large enough quantities it even has the potential to poison people. But in recent years a slew of studies have found that eating small amounts of the right kind of chocolate can actually be healthy. Why? The short answer lies in the chemistry of chocolate.
“Complaining allows us to achieve desired outcomes such as sympathy and attention,” says Robin Kowalski, a psychology professor at Clemson University. “The truth is, everybody does it.”
Combing through decades of findings, social psychologists Lisa Slattery Walker and Tonya Frevert at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have reviewed all the evidence to date – and their conclusions are not what you might expect.
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I’ve found that reasoning is often a pretty façade for not knowing how to work smarter — so you end up working harder and sacrificing what’s important to you in the process. But when you neglect to consider common time regrets, you not only put a lien on your future happiness, but you can also decrease your effectiveness in and enjoyment of the present.
“You know what the things are that you need to do so why not just get on with them immediately rather than delaying it by writing them down? They also encourage us to focus on the insignificant things so we can avoid doing the really big thing that often never even makes it on to the list.
Do you know, off the top of your head, how much time your story should cover? If not, you’re definitely not alone. This is a tough question for most authors to answer.
As writers, we want to make our characters as unique and interesting as possible. One way to do this is to give your character a special skill or talent that sets him apart from other people. This might be something small, like having a green thumb or being good with animals, to a larger and more competitive talent like stock car racing or being an award-winning film producer.