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🎁 Valentin's Present

October 15 · Issue #7 · View online
The best content I've ever found, sent in consumable Weekly gifts. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

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Provoking Picture
Tempting Question
How often do you complain when you could instead be setting an example?

Spicy Habits
Say “Thank You” when you’re running late.
Example: You walk in the door 14 minutes late.
  • Instead of: “So sorry I’m late. Traffic was insane out there.”
  • Try saying: “Thank you for your patience.”
Saying “Thank You” turns the tables and acknowledges the sacrifice the other person made by waiting. Thank you for waiting. 
When we make a mistake, someone else often makes a sacrifice. Our default response is to apologize for our failure, but another approach (often better) is to praise their patience and loyalty.
Text / idea is from this article, which has another 6 situations where we say all sorts of things but simply saying “thank you” is probably the best move.

Send a Thank You email or voicenote
They’re great. No need to say much — the intention is what matters. “Thank you” is a simple yet magical combination of words.

Exquisite Short Film
(5mins) A Grateful Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast - YouTube
Finger-licking Quote
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” —Robert Brault
Mouthwatering Concepts
It’s been a month since I started my Re Human experiment (improving in 15 different areas at a time). I’ve experienced an interesting phenomenon that I think can be explained by the following hypothesis I’m forming:

Diversifying your activities lowers the probability of depleting your willpower.
I believe motivation is highly correlated with progress — if you’re seeing progress in something, you get motivated. If you’re stuck and can’t see a possibility of progressing, you’re de-motivated. For example, I have found it hard to get started on music production whenever it’s “music production” days because I hadn’t been seeing much progress, even though it’s one of the areas I most want to improve on! Our minds are smart and probably evolved into creating this mechanism to not pursue pointless/impossible things.
But this hypothesis of how motivation works might explain a phenomenon I’ve experienced:
By diversifying the activities / areas I’m working on, there’s less chance that I’m completely stuck and don’t feel progress at all. If I were only working on one thing and I get stuck, it would be hard to keep pushing through because I’m not seeing any progress. But because I have 15 different areas that I’m working on, there’s a much higher chance that in a couple of them I’m feeling progress and thus gain will-power — I have 15 different possible sources instead of one.
This is where some of the seemingly pointless areas, such as “soccer trick juggling” have actually turned out to be super useful. I can physically feel getting better at juggling and doing tricks, thus giving me a dose of will-power every day — just by doing 10mins every day.

Further expansion of this hypothesis and 5 other hypothesis I’ve formed/been testing in my monthly recap of my Re Human experiment.

Delicious Music
On Thursday, Drake and Bad Bunny released a new song — MIA. I could tell it was going to be a hit and I wasn’t wrong (already #1 most played song in Spotify). Added to my Aguacate playlist.
This week I found Jungle Dub by Ava Asante & Mollono.Bass, and it made it into my Afrodisiac’s House (Afro House) and Saffrón playlists.
Saffrón is one of the playlists I listen & update the most — it’s over 7 hours of tribal / latin / deep house, very useful for working/creating/studying, background music, and long gatherings.

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