Thursday, October 31, 2013

HRB Daily Stat: Chatting with the Cashier Will Improve Your Mood

"If you buy your coffee quickly at Starbucks without saying much of anything, you’ll probably arrive at the office sooner, but if you stop to chat with the cashier, you might get to work in a better mood. Research participants who smiled, made eye contact, and briefly conversed with the cashier subsequently reported greater satisfaction with the visit and were in better moods (4.31 versus 3.80 and 4.22 versus 3.60, respectively, on 1-to-5 scales) than those who avoided unnecessary conversation, say Gillian M. Sandstrom and Elizabeth W. Dunn of the University of British Columbia. Seemingly trivial interactions can confer a sense of belonging, an effect that people tend to overlook in their quest for efficiency, the researchers say."

See more at the Daily Stat.

Emotional Baby Is Moved To Tears By Mom's Singing

Heart-melting.See more in HuffPo. (Thanks, Jules)

Photographer Puts Two Strangers Together For Intimate Photographs, And The Results Are Surprising

There is something magical in humanity. See more at TruthSeekersDaily. (Thanks, Jules)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Choosing Your World - Benjamin Zander at European Zeitgeist 2011

Check out this video from arguably one of the most contagiously positive people of our time – Ben Zander.  Since 1979, Ben has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and is known around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership.

In this clip Ben describes two worlds you can live in: the world of the downward spiral or the world of possibility.  What does this mean, you may ask?  Ben describes these worlds with rich color and fun stories, for example: the story of two sales men that were sent to Africa in the 1900s to explore the market for shoes – each wrote a telegram back:

  • Salesman 1 wrote back: “Situation hopeless, they don’t wear shoes”
  • Salesman 2 wrote back: “Glorious opportunity here – they don’t have any shoes yet”

Ben reminds us that we get to choose, at every moment of every day, which world we want to live in – what world do you want to live in?

TED Talk - Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

My favorite line: "There are leaders and those who lead. Leaders hold a position of authority and we have to follow them. Those who lead, inspire us; we follow those who lead not because we have to but because we want to. Those who start why with have the ability to inspire."

Ylvis - What Does The Fox Say? (LIVE Music Video with Jimmy Fallon)

Can't wait for Halloween. (Thanks, Sam)

America Loses When VC Money Ignores Women

Most of the article isn't new, but pretty interesting to hear about Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of the Daily Grommet online marketplace and her visit to a VC firm during fundraising.

Read more in Inc. (Thanks, Sam)

'Saturday Night Live' Mocks Obamacare Website (Video)

(Thanks, Tom)

Andy and Amy's Haunted House

Invest for Change

Thursday, October 24, 2013

How Prisons Change the Balance of Power in America

"The 14th Amendment, when combined with the War on Crime, has paradoxically disenfranchised vast swaths of the population and given the rural, white areas surrounding the prisons unforeseen political power."

Read more in the Atlantic. (Thanks, Alessia)

Creative Mom Turns Her Baby’s Naptime Into Dream Adventures

Could not be more sweet! Read more in BoredPanda(Thanks, Mel)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Just Another Teenage Schoolgirl

  Breaking News
See more in ABC News. (Thanks, Tom)

16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Leaves Jon Stewart Speechless With Comment About Pacifism

Enneagram Test

Fascinating -- think this test hit some parts of me spot on. You can take the test here(Thanks, Lucy)

Rituals Make Our Food More Flavorful

Check out more in the NYT. (Thanks, Jas)

24 Grooms Blown Away By Their Beautiful Brides

This could not be more sweet. Real, spontaneous emotion from the first time a groom sees his bride on their wedding day. See more photos on BuzzFeed.

HBR Daily Stat: Media Coverage of Terrorist Attacks Creates Its Own Adverse Effects

I can believe it:
Watching 1 to 3 hours of TV coverage per day in the week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks predicted a 20% increase in reports of physician-diagnosed physical ailments such as asthma and hypertension 2 to 3 years later, says a team led by Roxane Cohen Silver of the University of California, Irvine. This and other findings from their survey data on more than 1,700 people strongly suggest that widespread media coverage of terrorism can have negative mental- and physical-health consequences over time, even for people not directly exposed to attacks.
See more of the HBR Daily Stat.

Mama Mia, Mama Mia! A Canadian Bohemian Rhapsodizes About String Theory

Read more in RadioLab. (Thanks, Claire)

An orphan goes to church and asks someone, anyone to adopt him

Heart-wrenching. Read more in Naples News. (Thanks, Claire)

The Petrie Multiplier: Why an Attack on Sexism in Tech is NOT an Attack on Men

Banksy Sells Original Artwork for $60 in Central Park

I love everything about Banksy. Read more in Mashable. Check out the video.

(Great find, Sam!)

Real Life Mowgli: Girl Who Grew Up in the African Wildlife

Read more in BoredPanda. (Thanks, Becky)

3D Search Engine-Printer for the Visually Impaired

"A blog focusing on issues related to design presented an amazing idea developed by Yahoo! Japan. The “Hands on Search” lets visually impaired children search for something with voice control and the device prints the object in 3D."

Read more in ScienceRoll. (Thanks, Sam!)

Turning Education Upside Down

I think this "flipped classroom" idea is brilliant:
Three years ago, Clintondale High School, just north of Detroit, became a “flipped school” — one where students watch teachers’ lectures at home and do what we’d otherwise call “homework” in class. Teachers record video lessons, which students watch on their smartphones, home computers or at lunch in the school’s tech lab. In class, they do projects, exercises or lab experiments in small groups while the teacher circulates. 
Clintondale was the first school in the United States to flip completely — all of its classes are now taught this way. Now flipped classrooms are popping up all over...
Read more in the NYT. (Thanks, Alessia)

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

Read more in the NYT. Sneaky fine print though. (Thanks, Lucy)

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov

Hmm! "Say you are getting ready for a blind date or a job interview. What should you do? Besides shower and shave, of course, it turns out you should read — but not just anything. Something by Chekhov or Alice Munro will help you navigate new social territory better than a potboiler by Danielle Steel."

Read more in the NYT to learn why.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

We like you so much and want to know you better

Dave Eggers is the author of eight books, including, most recently, ‘‘The Circle,’’ to be published next month, from which this piece has been adapted.

He is the founder and editor of McSweeney’s. He uses satire to examine tech-company culture. (Thanks, Stiner)

How to Design a City for Women

Urban planners are starting to find out that women use cities differently than men do -- and they may need parks or lighting or bus systems in a different way. Check out the article for more examples and pictures. And this quote rings true:
Planners also run the run the risk of reinforcing stereotypes in attempting to characterize how men and women use city space. To distance themselves from this, city officials have begun to shy away from the term gender mainstreaming, opting instead for the label 'Fair Shared City.'
Read more in the Atlantic Cities. (Thanks, Olivia)

Are You Living Your Eulogy or Your Résumé?

Perhaps slightly "fluffy" but there is so much truth in it. Read Arianna Huffington's post on HuffPo. (Thanks, Joyce)

How America's Marriage Crisis Makes Income Inequality So Much Worse

"The rich and educated are more likely to marry, to marry each other, and to produce rich and educated children. But this virtual cycle turns vicious for the poor."

Marriage has become a "capstone" for the wealthiest couples. Read more in the Atlantic. (Thanks, Melody)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tina Fey Makes This SNL Spoof of Girls Very Funny

They nailed it. I couldn't stop laughing. Read more in Gawker.

Stop Talking About Yourself When You Apologize

"Admitting a mistake can fall flat if you apologize the wrong way. The victim of your screw-up does not want to hear about you. Instead ask yourself: Who am I talking to, and what is he or she looking for in my apology?

  • A stranger or mere acquaintance wants you to offer compensation or some redeeming action. Compensation can be tangible, like paying to repair your neighbor's fence when you accidentally back your car into it, or emotional, like being extra thoughtful.
  • Your colleague or friend wants empathy. When you recognize and express concern over the suffering you caused, the victim feels understood and valued, and trust is restored.
  • Your team wants an acknowledgement of the rules and norms you violated. Basically, you need to admit that you broke the code of behavior of your social group or organization, and that you recognize you let them down."

Read more in the HBR Daily Tip.

Airport Boarding Procedures

Two gate agents fall in love as they board every type of traveler. Check out the SNL clip. (Thanks, Sam)

Dealbook Conference Could Only Find 1 Woman to Talk About Business

Read more in Jezebel. The line at the end was the most interesting jab. (Thanks, Sam) 

"#Hashtag" with Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake

Convos With My 2-Year-Old - Season 2, Episode 1 - "Dinner Time"

Bus stop dancer tells TODAY she has 'more rhythm than sense'

Incredibly sweet. Read more in Today.

There's No Getting Around It: The New Chipotle Ad Is Amazing

His Jokes Will Wake The Part Of You That Used To Make Friends Without Mark Zuckerberg's Help

I like almonds. Read more in UpWorthy. (Thanks, Jules)

Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

"It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness, competition and deeply rooted barriers." Read more in the NYT .