5 Reads: Staying Healthy, Structuring Our Days, Arguing Constructively and More

Here are five reads that have me thinking…

Wanna Stay Healthy? You Better Be Moving All Day Long.
Christopher Keys. Outside Magazine

Key Quote: “The solution to sitting isn’t to stand, though it helps. In fact, according to the findings of a 2015 consensus panel on the topic, we need to be on our feet two to four hours while at work. But the real solution is to move. All day. The stillness is what’s killing us. We should be pacing the hallways and climbing stairs and squatting and lunging and stretching.” Read the rest here.

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
Elizabeth Kolbert. The New Yorker

Key Quote: “Humans’ biggest advantage over other species is our ability to cooperate. Cooperation is difficult to establish and almost as difficult to sustain. For any individual, freeloading is always the best course of action. Reason developed not to enable us to solve abstract, logical problems or even to help us draw conclusions from unfamiliar data; rather, it developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups.” Read the rest here.

How to Structure Your Day Better
Khe Hy. Quartz at Work

Key Quote: “Don’t despair. The cycle can be broken and your good intentions can be rescued through prioritization, focus, and tapping into a resource that isn’t finite, even if it sometimes feels as though it is: your energy.” Read the rest here.

The Only Metric of Success That Matters is the One We Ignore
Jenny Anderson. Quartz

Key Quote: ““Humans need others to survive,” says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University. “Regardless of one’s sex, country or culture of origin, or age or economic background, social connection is crucial to human development, health, and survival.” Read the rest here.

The New Science of How to Argue—Constructively
Jesse Singal. The Atlantic

Key Quote: “The concept of decoupling is erisology at its best. Expanding on the writing of the mathematician and blogger Sarah Constantin, who was herself drawing on the work of the psychologist Keith Stanovich, Nerst describes decoupling as simply the idea of removing extraneous context from a given claim and debating that claim on its own, rather than the fog of associations, ideologies, and potentials swirling around it.” Read the rest here.

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