110 STASHED IDEAS
Committing to doing something you know will be hard, paradoxically, often results in an easier time than opting for something that seems easy.
When you take on a hard goal, you naturally make room for it. A goal that pretends to be easy doesn’t require those adjustments, so they’re rarely made. Instead, they squeeze down on everything else in your life until those other things start pushing back.
The problem is simply that saying “no” to a particular pursuit can be hard. But saying “not right now” works just as well.
It prevents the pursuit from taking up time, while leaving open the possibility of change later.
Since time is a fixed quantity, everything you say yes to implies a no to something else and vice versa.
Saying yes subtly squeezes everything else, but rarely in ways we can easily perceive. When saying no, what is left over is enriched, but this additional space is often neglected.
The invention of the computer, microprocessor, and the internet has created a major digital transformation to books. E-books (electronic books) have become common.
However, nothing can change the fact that a book in any form - physical books, e-books or audiobooks, remains a pleasure.
Freud and Jung felt that people needed to have a means to redirect the natural drive of aggression.
Listening to a true crime story can give you more than fantasizing about a kickboxing class. Yet, you also want to distance yourself from the criminal. You want to reassure yourself that you are not like that.
Humans are fantastic problem solvers. Without problems to solve, we actually feel restless. True crime stories give our brain something to work on.
We want the real criminals to get caught if we think someone has been wrongfully accused. But we also consider what would happen if we were unjustly accused.
Some real crime stories are more difficult to distance yourself from the victim. Maybe you hear about a college student who was abducted during a midday run, and as a runner yourself, you can think how easily it could have been you.
We have this feeling of cheating death because we're aware that we ultimately can't escape death.
The shock value attracts us to something we've never seen or heard before.
The negativity bias may affect us where the brain pays more attention to negative than positive information. You may also be drawn to true crime because you get a closer look at people who don't care about social norms.
People are fascinated with true crime. It is why so many are addicted to crime podcasts or investing hours in series like Unsolved Mysteries.
Research shows that women are more attracted to real crime than men. One possible reason is that although men are more likely to be victims of violent crime, women may feel more vulnerable to attack, therefore more ready to gain insight on how to survive a true crime scenario.
Experts say watching true crime is a way of comforting yourself that something terrible could never happen to you. "I would never be that naive to marry a man who's been living a double life as a serial killer."
But this is also how we get to blame the victim. We think the person did something to deserve that. Did she walk alone at night? Was she drinking? It's terrifying if the person did everything right and something still happened to them. Then we have to admit that it could happen to us.
When scientists view the Martian surface, they see branching streams, river valleys, basins, and deltas, suggesting that the planet may have once had a vast ocean covering its northern hemisphere. It was likely wrapped in a thick atmosphere able to maintain liquid water.
But somehow, the planet went through a dramatic transformation. Exploring Mars can help scientists learn about climate change that can alter planets. Learning more about Mars may equip us to someday make a living there.
Once every 26 months, Earth and Mars are aligned to enable spacecraft to reach it in about half a year. Space agencies launch probes during these conjunctions.
The robotic activity is laying the groundwork for sending humans to Mars.
Everything we've learned about Mars over the last century suggests that the planet was once able of hosting ecosystems.
But Mars is wrapped in a thin carbon dioxide atmosphere and cannot support earthly life forms.
Since 1960, dozens of spacecraft have been sent to Mars. It is difficult to send a spacecraft to Mars and even harder to land on the planet because of the thin atmosphere.
Data revealed the largest volcanoes in the solar system and one of the largest canyons yet discovered. Dust storms regularly sweep over the plains. Several spacecraft orbiting Mars shows an active planet rich in ingredients needed for life - water, organic carbon, and an energy source.
Christmas is one of the few times people feel they can sing together. Christmas songs are one of the few remaining national repertoires.
As you go in from a cold night into a warm pub full of people who want to share the songs, you gain a deep sense of pride and connection, and you're sharing the traditional with past and future generations.
Until recent times, community singing was thought to have decreased in popularity, suggesting less of a sense of tradition than there used to be.
But in recent years, there have been signs of a revival in community singing, suggesting people want to get involved again.