Links to Think

Links to Think: 13.02.25

February 25, 2013


Epiphany: It Takes a Lot of Energy To Decide To Go To Bed. – While I thought Gretchen Rubin actually addressed this issue in The Happiness Project, her recent article looks at her epiphany on why it’s sometimes hard to go to bed. Nothing profound, but sometimes we don’t realize what is happening, especially as we gradually shift through seasons of life. (I’ve definitely found this to be true, especially since I usually take a shower at night. Making sure I take care of my “nightly rituals” way before I’m tired is a big help in making sure I get to bed on time.)

“I can’t believe it took me so long to realize this.

I’d always assumed that feeling tired would push me to go to bed. Makes sense, right? I’m tired, so I want to go to bed.

Nope! It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Going to bed takes a real burst of psychic and physical energy.

When I’m tired, I find it too taxing to switch tasks, and I can’t face the thought of washing my face,  taking out my contacts, and all the rest, so I stay on Facebook for forty minutes.

In fact, research shows that lack of sleep leads to dithering the next day, too. One study estimated that for every hour of interrupted sleep during the previous night, people wasted 8.4 minutes in online puttering—checking email, refreshing celebrity-gossip websites, and the like.”

Read Books That Search Your Soul – Barnabas Piper writes a short article on a type of book we should be endeavoring to read. And yet, as he remarks, it’s not found on a specific bookshelf or genre–sometimes the books that search your soul surprise you, so keep reading.

“One of the most natural places to find answers is in the pages of a book. We peruse them and devour then looking for bits of insight and information to improve our understanding. And numerous books do a fine job of answering our questions clearly.
But there is type of book, a much rarer creation, that does something more. Often the questions we ask of a book are all we know, but there are questions we did not even know were in us. These are uncertainties and emptiness in the soul, that nagging, unidentified sense of unease about . . . something.”

“The intersection with such a book is a miraculous thing, for if we meet them at the wrong time and in the wrong place they are full of ordinary words and normal truths. But when we stumble unexpectedly into one it is when the blinders come off and we see soul answers to soul questions. And it is always unexpected. There is no predicting which book will move us. No friend’s recommendation or reviewer’s enthusiasm can arrange this miraculous meeting. It merely surprises.

The only way to meet such a book is to keep reading. Move from one book to the next. Read four at once. Stop one and start another. Refuse to be satisfied by the ordinary unless it ends quickly. And as you move from book to book such a soul-answering title will find you, hold you, and help you. “

How Much Sugar Are Americans Eating? [Infographic] – I posted last Friday about my January goal of not eating refined sugars for a month. ForbesWoman shares this infographic on just how much sugar we are eating:

“Sugar has replaced other compounds we have to shun if we want to be healthy and avoid death, apparently. It sounds almost comical, but it’s actually pretty serious. Too much sugar is linked to everything from metabolic syndrome to cancer, and given our tragic dependence on it, it’s even begun to be banned in some locales.”

“If you’re still not convinced that the country is, at least on average, consuming too much sugar, this infographic by may help. And note the last section, which refers to the research finding that, given the way it acts on the brain, sugar may be just as addictive as cocaine. So even if you’re ready to kick the habit, it might not be as easy as you think.”


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