Weekly Roundup

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

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Photo by Joel Tjintjelaar

The Space Between Mourning and Grief

… The way people mourn online has been the subject of much cultural comment recently, particularly in the wake of mass tragedies and high-profile celebrity deaths, such as those of David Bowie and Prince. Some argue that the likes of Facebook and Twitter have opened up public space for displays of grief that had been restricted to private spheres of secular culture. But rather than reconstructing an outlet for public grief, social media often reproduces the worst cultural failings surrounding death, namely platitudes that help those on the periphery of a tragedy rationalize what has happened, but obscure the uncomfortable, messy reality of loss.

Read the rest of the article here.


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Photo by Luke Shadbolt, Instagram @lukeshadbolt

Sometimes Embracing Emotional Distress is the Best Medicine

… I worry that mental health may now be seen as the absence of mental pain, flat-lining on happy, or no emotions at all, rather than the ability to live a bumpy, personally meaningful life, despite the pain that goes with it.

Read the rest of the article here.


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Blanche Knopf

Quality Lit: She Took Charge

… How could a woman who achieved so much have been so undervalued, and how could she have become, over time, less visible than her dog, the elegant borzoi whose image, “perpetually on the move,” still serves as the logo of the publishing company that she cofounded, codirected, and to which she was wholly devoted?

Read the rest of the article here.


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Scientists Now Know How Many Trees You Need to See to Relax

… the greater the amount of trees, the greater the amount of stress will be reduced.  That result confirms all previous research indicating that the more trees people see, the greater their experience of stress reduction is.

Read the rest of the article here.


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Angela Duckworth

Grit: The Key to Success — A Conversation with Angela Duckworth and Maria Konnikova

… Duckworth realized that hard work without direction would not ultimately lead to real lifelong achievement — the kind she craved, and the kind she wished for everyone to find. She realized that finding passion — an essential part of grit — was more difficult than finding the determination to work hard.

View the rest of the conversation here.

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