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Get Out and Get Some Sun

In a time where the majority of us spend our hours inside an office, at home or riding in a car, we can forget the importance of getting some sun. Go out and get some sun. It might seem foolish to say, especially when we always have something to do. Even though we have busy schedules, it’s still important to keep in mind. We’re humans. We’re supposed to be outside.

The last 1.5 weeks I spent an abnormally amount of time indoors, and you know what? I actually started to feel weird. I definitely began to feel odd, and not myself. My mood was noticeably down and my energy levels. Those are some consequences, of staying indoors, that I’ve heard others repeat. In my opinion, it’s a real thing and not simply a mental thing.

I don’t like the feeling of feeling off, so it’s something I’m going to try to stay away from. From now on I plan to put more effort into going outside, getting sun and breathing some fresh air on a daily basis. We’ll see how that works out!

Because of my experience, I decided to Google the benefits of going outside and getting sun. There were some obvious benefits, and others that I would’ve never thought of. Check them out for yourself, or read them below.

  • Improved short-term memory
  • Restored mental energy
  • Stress relief
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Better vision
  • Improved concentration
  • Sharper thinking and creativity
  • Possible anti-cancer effects
  • Immune system boost
  • Improved mental health
  • Reduced risk of early death

How to be Offended

In case you’ve been wondering how to be offended, here is my guide. If you don’t get offended easily, or at all, that’s a great thing. I don’t know why you would want to learn how to be offended, but here are some tips to guide your downgrade towards becoming easily offended.

1) Convince yourself that you’re very special and important. Convince yourself that most people on Earth already know how special you are, and know the important role you play on Earth.

Believe that the Earth revolves around you and that scientists simply haven’t figured it out yet. It’s okay, it’s only a matter of time before scientists figure it out.

2) Don’t have a strong purpose in life. Be a piece of paper floating around on a windy day. Let life’s current take you where it wants. This will help you become easily offended. If you get very upset when they mess up your Starbucks order, then you’re well on your way to achieving mastery in offendednessery.

3) Pay close attention to as many news outlets as possible. Understand, that they’re personally attacking you. Ignore the fact that they have no idea who you are, but instead focus on the few words that you identify with.

4) Get involved in every pointless cause that comes your way. Worry about it. Lose sleep over them. Pretend that your life depends on it. Fight for the pointless cause as if your survival depends on it.

5) Ignore the fact that nothing is ever black or white (there’s always a gray area). Find an extreme on every issue, and relentlessly argue/ fight for it. Ignore the other extreme. Don’t try to understand the other side. They’re probably wrong anyway.

Those are my 5 tips on How to be Offended.

*Yes, this is a joke. I don’t recommend doing any of the above tips. Getting offended is a waste of time.*

A perfect world would not be called utopia

A perfect world would not be called utopia. It would likely be called a boring world. No discomfort. No problems. No issues. We would all get bored quickly and eventually be sick of it. If that world had smart phones, we would be staring at our phones 24/ 7. Way more than we do now. That’s what we do today, when we experience boredom for even a second.

“A world without discomfort is utopia. But it is also stagnant. A world perfectly fair in some dimensions would be horribly unfair to others. A utopia has no problems to solve, but therefore no opportunities either.

None of us have to worry about these utopia paradoxes, because utopias never work. Every utopian scenario contains self-corrupting flaws. My aversion to utopias goes even deeper. I have not met a speculative utopia I would want to live in. I’d be bored in utopia. Dystopias, their dark opposites, are a lot more entertaining. They are also much easier to envision.”  – Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable

A lot of us thrive on problems. To the point, that we manufacture them. We manufacture worry, concern, and depression. Obviously, a lot of people are actually depressed and have real reason to worry all day, but a lot of us don’t fall into that category. Most of us have every reason to be happy and content with our life.

How many of us know that person who is depressed, yet has every reason to be extremely happy and content? I know a few. This is a major reason why utopias will never exist among humans. If a utopia did happen we would quickly get bored and figure out how to undo it.

Flow state and crazy names

I, recently, started reading Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (r u serious?). Besides the author’s name, it has been a good read. I hit page 60 and I’m already getting a good feel for what flow is.

According to the book, flow is that state when we become present to the moment and forget about everything else. No family problems, work problems, relationship problems or financial problems. Flow can occur when dancing, playing a sport, playing chess, solving a physics problem, or reading and writing. Essentially, it requires the concentration of the mind’s focus.

Flow can even occur at social gatherings. Have you ever been having such a great time, with friends at a party, that time seems to fly by? You vaguely remember thinking of anything else, but what was happening to you at the party. I know, it has happened to me many times. Your mind hits a social flow state, concentrating on the present moment at the party.

What I’m curious to know, is whether the book is going to argue that, in order to enjoy a happy life we need to hit flow state as many times throughout the day as possible. It seems that’s where the book is going. If that’s the case, I can see how it would be hard for the majority of the population to find happiness in everyday life. Not many people spend their time doing activities that are challenging enough to induce a flow state of the mind.

Most people breeze through the day, with very minimal mental effort. T.V., apps, text messaging, gossip chatting, radio, music and mundane jobs. Now, I can see why most people get stuck with a routine that doesn’t bring them happiness. The happiness comes from flow, and flow seems to come from the concentration of the mind. Your mind only concentrates when the activity is somewhat challenging. And if we hardly engage in challenging activities, then we will hardly feel happy.

Did I just hit a mini flow state, typing this post up? Yeah… I think so. I’ll be sure to write more about this topic once I get closer to finishing the book.