“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – Salvador Dali

Lesson of the Week

Never lose sight of your dreams. I’m starting to realize that while it’s easy to dream big when you want to, remembering your dreams and your goals is actually incredibly difficult. Psychologically, many of us have difficulty visualizing long term goals when faced with small and immediate decisions, but we forget that those decisions build up over time. This is often because we have trouble seeing big goals or dreams as something that is happening right now, but instead we should work to see that every minute we are contributing to them. Maybe the best way to phrase it is that you are always living your dreams, and you should remember to make every choice count towards that. When you can let yourself remember that your goals aren’t just something for the future, but are happening right now, it makes it a lot easier to justify why you should spend that extra hour reading, do 5 more crunches, or have the salad instead of the fries. Plus, as a side effect you can feel less guilt when you do give in, because you’re acknowledging that it’s not a lapse in judgment, but a conscious decision to treat yourself. Dreams aren’t something for a to-do list, so try living in your dreams and see where it takes you.

Positive News of the Week

  • Dr. Prinstein of UNC Chapel Hill has found that qualities such as sharing, kindness, and openness often make you better able to relate and connect with others, proving that nice guys can finish first.
  • Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out to Washington, D.C. on Saturday to demand better action on climate change. The spectacle brought a wave of attention to some of the issues that have been ignored by recent politics.
  • Archaeologists have developed a method of recovering ancient DNA from mere cave dirt, opening the door to new insights on human prehistory.
  • A chemical mechanism in the wax worm that allows it to feed on beeswax could be used to transform the way we fight plastics pollution, such as plastic bags.
  • All 78 crew members aboard a Russian naval ship were rescued after it collided with a private livestock vessel and sank near the Bosphorus.
  • Setting aside 10 minutes before bed to write three things that went well that day, and why they happened, can help improve your happiness, according to Dr. Seligman, a professor of positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Challenges of the Week

  • Internal Challenge ∅ This week, try to go on a run, do some yoga, anything to get your energy levels up and endorphins flowing.
  • External Challenge ∅ This week, try to write a thank-you card or even just a quick text to someone who’s made a difference in your life.