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This week’s Treasure features stories about cold showers, changing your mind, a questionable Facebook experiment, and what would happen if we shrunk the population of the world into a 100 person village.
Let’s start off with a quote…
Quote of The Week
Self-discipline is when you tell yourself to do something and you don’t talk back.
–W. K. Hope
Change Your Approach
Last week, I was discussing the benefit of cold showers with a fellow Tuesday Treasure reader.
He told me that he tried it but “couldn’t” do it. After less than 5 seconds, he felt the need to jump out of the water.
But then I received an update from him:
After our conversation I tried again, however this time with a different approach. I started on warm, closed my eyes, and slowly adjusted the handle towards cold in incredibly-small increments. If I began breathing fast I would intentionally relax it, and encourage myself by thinking “this is barely different than the last temperature, and you were able to handle that just fine”. Once my breathing relaxed,I went on to the next colder increment. Eventually I reached for the shower handle to turn it colder, but was surprised to realize that there was no more room to turn – I had reached the end. I audibly laughed. “That was easy”.
(Bolding my own.)
So many lessons from this story:
- If you don’t succeed, try again witha different method.
- When in doubt, focus on the breath.
- Encourage yourself in the face of a challenge.
- Use gradual increases to make gains.
- Take cold showers.
It’s Okay To Change Your Mind
My cousin is a bright 19-year-old (he reads Tuesday Treasure, afterall).
This past weekend, we were talking about players kneeling for the national anthem.
I won’t bother to let you know what he currently believes… because it doesn’t matter.
What does matter was that he said:
“I used to believe this and now I believe that. Here’s why.”
In our society, we tend to associate changing our mind with flip-flopping. With something we shouldn’t do.
But this couldn’t be further from the truth. When you change your mind, you’re actually letting others know you can consider the possibility you were once wrong. That’s a valuable skill to have, especially in a world that is rapidly changing.
The Facebook Experiment
700,000 people entered into a Facebook experiment in 2012 without knowing it.
The goal of the study was to figure out if people’s emotions were impacted by those they interacted with online.
For some, Facebook blocked posts with negative words (e.g. “sad”).
For others, Facebook blocked posts with positive words (e.g. “happy”).
What did they find?
If you were in the group that blocked the negative words, you used slightly more positive words.
If you were in the group that blocked positive words, you used slightly more negative words.
This experiment caused an uproar in the scientific community for ethical concerns (nobody in the experiment was aware they were being studied).
But the research is important for us because it lets us know we should…
Ruthlessly surround ourselves with positive words. With people who bring us up. Books that inspire. Social media accounts that spread love. Newsletters that feed us knowledge. 🙂
Our own mental wellbeing is at stake.
The Global Village
Shrink the Earth’s population down to a village of 100 people.
- 60 Asians
- 13 Africans
- 12 Europeans
- 9 Latin Americans
- 5 North Americans
- 1 Oceanian
Of those 100 people…
- 50 would be female
- 50 would be male
- 67 would be non-Christian
- 33 would be Christian
- 20 would earn 89 percent of the wealth
- 25 would live in substandard housing
- 17 would be unable to read
- 13 would suffer from manultrition
- 1 would die within the year
- 2 would give birth within the year
- 2 would have a college education
These numbers have likely changed since 2008, but the point remains the same:
When we bring the world down to a size we can comprehend, it allows us to have more empathy for others because it makes us realize how lucky we are.
(Source: The Winner’s Manual by Jim Tressel)
Photo of the Week
This photo comes from my Aunt Dede, who sent it to me before reading last week’s Treasure… where I mentioned Daniel Bourke’s quote: “The ultimate test in life is not seeing whether or not you can avoid the darkness, it’s seeing whether or not you can dance with it.”
Keep on dancing, folks.
That’s all for today.
As always, hit the reply with your favorite piece of treasure.
To your success,