Psychological distancing refers to “kind of a perspective broadening”. After gaining some distance from a stressor we’re often better equipped to reengage:
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In a conclusion that even surprised its editors, the 2021 World Happiness Report found that, amid global hardship, self-reported life satisfaction across 95 countries on average remained steady in 2020 from the previous year.
Stressors such as those we’ve experienced this year can encourage people to craft a different, big-picture concept of happiness. And this, psychologists say, can improve resilience.
It’s no surprise that, according to this year’s happiness report, “the ability to count on others” was a “major” support to life evaluations in 2020.
Social support is by far one of the best ways to help people cope with any kind of adversity or stress or tragedy.
Helping others can take you outside of yourself and help you, too: The global “happiness effects” of generosity increased in times of global crises, and making a donation correlated with higher life satisfaction and positive affect.
What science has shown is that when you experience awe, that leads to a "shrinking of the self".
When you experience awe, that’s an emotion we have when you’re in the presence of something that’s vast and hard to explain.
Finding personally relevant positive meaning in trying experiences — a technique known as positive reappraisal — can broaden and boost your outlook.
Reflecting on questions like “What are the strengths or insights that I showed up with in facing the situation?” or “What have I learned about myself or about my relationships?” can reveal growth or benefits the person hadn’t considered, even if it doesn’t change its negative reality. A new appraisal is a step toward tweaking your broader narrative.
Sumerian astronomers named the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn after their gods. Ancient China named planets after things of nature, like water, fire, or wood. The English names for planets came from the Romans, who named them after their gods and goddesses.
More distant planets were generally titled by the people who found them. They continue with historical trends by naming planets after ancient Greek and Roman gods.
Cut out and automate as many non-essential decisions as possible to preserve your mental muscles and willpower.
The most important career logic of the past is becoming counterproductive. Many of us have been told the key to success was developing a specialization that allowed us to climb the professional ladder.
However, with the advancement in technology combined with increased uncertainty, the world is rapidly changing. In the future, being broad-minded is likely to be as important as expertise. The ability to connect the dots (generalists) is as important as the ability to make the dots (specialists).
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