Quartz - 12 Jun 2018
This is a rather long (10-12 min read) interview with Daniel Gartenberg, a sleep scientist who is currently an assistant adjunct professor in biobehavioral health at Penn State. He tells us everything we should understand about why sleep matters so much to our mental and physical health. He also exposes many misconceptions about sleep.
Published in Weekly selection 15 June 2018
The New Yorker - 7 Jun 2018
As this article shows, beauty standards are intensifying under the influence of technology, with the bar of “perfection” being continually raised. Young female adulthood is now defined by constant visual self-surveillance and an overwhelming redirection of anxiety into the “wellness” space. As a result, the financial and psychological drain created by the beauty industry grows ever stronger, resulting in a refusal “to ever be content with yourself” (reads in 8-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 9 June 2018
The Cut - 28 May 2018
In the face of an epidemic of unhappiness, Professor Santos decided to design a course in “positive psychology” that has become the most popular course at Yale. Some interesting insights: many of our priorities around happiness are completely erroneous; our minds are very good at persuading us to follow intuitions about happiness that turn out to be entirely wrong; nearly everything we think will make us happier won’t, because nearly everything we’re likely to list (more money, a different home, a better job) is some circumstantial change… A rather long (about 20 min) but a fascinating and necessary read!
Published in Weekly selection 1 June 2018