You have to admit, even those of us who are introverts have some anticipatory excitement about the possible close of the pandemic and the option to walk back into public life.
Might we consider harnessing some of that energy toward goals that are for the greater good? Think about the trips, events, and gatherings we might have to look forward to—yes! But can we also think about rekindling our relationships with those around us, and building something greater than the sum of our parts?
No algorithmic feed, no pitch—just a list of articles we published last week for you to scan, bookmark, or enjoy as weekend inspiration.
Answer these 18 questions to shed new light on what your strengths and weaknesses might be.
by Melody Wilding, LMSW
Working to improve my communication skills with patients led to insights that any professional can use.
by YL Yeong
I grew up with an aversion to anything related to self-improvement that almost made me miss out on the benefits of mindfulness.
by Katrina Paulson
The past few years of extreme wildfires have left many of us increasingly anxious as we come to recognize that this will be part of our new normal.
What’s become clear, however, is that we don’t need to “prep” for escaping a firestorm as much as we need to prepare for living with the broader effects of ongoing fires—sometimes fires that are quite distant from our homes. Though we count ourselves lucky in those situations, it helps to be prepared for things like power shutoffs, hot weather (which corresponds to our greatest fire risk days), and terrible air quality.
One of the things we’re always asking on the Better Humans and its parent Coach.me team is “To what end?” That is, we’re always questioning the pursuit of concepts like personal growth, self-development, and productivity.
It troubles us when we notice people working so hard on these goals that they lose sight of what really matters to them. For example, if you’re a famous business success but you can’t find any happiness in your personal relationships, that’s a big problem. We don’t want any part of it. Why do people try so hard to emulate that?
Happiness in your work…
Anne Helen Petersen, Against “Feel Free To Take Some Time If You Need It”:
“That’s the backdrop against which we normalize the maintenance of productivity during a pandemic, a mass…
We’re often asked for examples of “the best” Better Humans articles.
Usually, this question has one of two purposes:
The first group presents a fun challenge because I know I can send them examples and they’ll enjoy them and use them as a launchpad for more. (Read on for that!)
The second group can be a little frustrating. They’re trying…
We’re holding office hours and hoping you’ll join us to talk about Better Humans, the kind of articles you like, and what you hope to learn by following our publication.
An “N of 1” clinical trial is one where only a single…
In the 1996 paper Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades: Players Who Suit MUDs, Richard Bartle described how mindsets and goals of different players could be described in a way to analyze the dynamic of balance in a game:
I try not to see these as value judgments; “killer” certainly has a…