Quick hits on recent discoveries that have made me stop and stare:
1. Caffeine boosts extroverts’ performance but hinders introverts’ productivity, leaving them shaky and overstimulated. Adam Grant mentioned this tangentially in a recent episode of Dan Pink’s Office Hours (one of my favorite podcasts). I had never heard that before, but a little googling confirmed this is 1. sad but true, and 2. old news.
Related: I’m an introvert (and an HSP, which I’m sure magnifies the effect) and had to give up my daily dose of caffeine a few years ago when I lost all my caffeine tolerance overnight. I’m still a little sad about it, because decaf coffee options are sparse.
2. If you live near a park, you’re more likely to be happy. Living in a treed area makes a “significant and sizable” difference in the amount of anxiety, stress, and depression people experience. The magnitude of the difference surprised me: green space’s positive effect is similar to being employed, and greater than having health insurance.
(I’m an urban planning dork, so I was happy to see this study. But I also have skin in this game, since we just moved within a couple blocks of a major park system.)
3. More on design: we rotated the sofa 90º in the living room and now everybody wants to sit on it. What would Christopher Alexander say about that? (I suspect we created pattern 185: a sitting circle.)
4. That Tegan and Sara song I’ve had stuck in my head all summer is the anthem of Bricksburg’s brainwashed residents in the Lego movie. When I first heard the song, I thought it was silly. (“Lost my job, it’s a new opportunity / More free time for my awesome community.” “A Nobel Prize, a piece of string / You know what’s awesome? Everything!”)
We finally saw the movie last weekend, and I realized it was more than a cute pop parody. Context matters. Now to explain that to my kids….
5. My kids did not know how to hokey pokey. This came to light at my dad’s retirement party (yep, the same one I talked about in the latest newsletter). Have no fear: the situation has been remedied.
Got any recent mind-blowing discoveries? I’d love to hear about them in comments.
Linking up with Emily Freeman for what I learned in July.