Weekly Roundup

Round out your week with these thought-provoking articles from around the internet.

The Man Who Could Stop Planes
Photo by Fabrice Coffrini

The Man Who Could Stop Planes

…“I bought those men food because in all likelihood they are simply seeking an improved life. And even if those five individuals aren’t innocents like most of the folk I encounter, even if they are real criminals, then a show of kindness may help, just a little, to debunk their preconceptions about us. Until we can prove them as bad people, it is simply kinder to trust their intentions.”

Read the rest of the article here.


Jean-Pierre Weill The Well of Being
Artwork by Jean-Pierre Weill from The Well of Being

How Kindness Became Our Forbidden Pleasure

…Embedded in our ambivalence about kindness is a special sort of psychological self-sabotage — by denying our own kind impulses, we also deny ourselves the powerful pleasure our acts of kindness produce.

Read the rest of the article here.

This is your brain on exercise
Photo borrowed from Angi Greene on Instagram, @angigreene

This Is Your Brain On Exercise

…”Major depressive disorder is often characterized by depleted glutamate and GABA, which return to normal when mental health is restored,” said study lead author Richard Maddock, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “Our study shows that exercise activates the metabolic pathway that replenishes these neurotransmitters.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Signs You Might Be a Toxic Colleague
Photo borrowed from hbr.org

Signs You Might Be A Toxic Colleague

… most of the time there is remarkably little overlap between how other people see us and how we think we’re coming across. (There are lots of good reasons for this disconnect — for the most part, it has to do with how difficult and subjective perception is.)

Read the rest of the article here.

Photo by Nick Dolding
Photo by Nick Dolding

Occupational Therapy and Mental Health: ‘It’s not about basket weaving’

…“The emphasis is very much around working in a collaborative way with the person using services, saying to them: what are your hopes and aspirations? What most people want to do is live as independently as possible, stay in their own homes and do things that are meaningful to them.” While some will focus on activities they’ve done in the past, others will try new things. “What the OT will help them do is think about what it was that was really valuable and enjoyable for them, and how they can build on that as they start to think about their life outside the hospital,” Williams says.

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