Self-Partnered: The Sudden, Surprising Rise of the Single Positivity Movement – The Guardian, November 6, 2019
This is a new trend largely led by women: More and more people are throwing off outdated stigmas and embracing a happy life on their own, calling it “self-partnered.” An increasing number of “single-positive” people are rejecting the notion that true love is the only path to happiness and are starting to do things by themselves: They eat out alone, travel alone, and sometimes even embrace “sologamy,” the act of marrying oneself.
Mexican wellness resort Rosewood Mayakoba even offers a “Marry Oneself” ceremony inspired by Pre-Hispanic wedding rituals.
Slow Walking at 45 ‘a Sign of Faster Ageing’ – BBC, October 12, 2019
How fast people walk in their 40s is a sign of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are ageing, scientists suggest.
The Simple Dutch Cure for Stress – Nautilus, November 8, 2019
In the Netherlands, people have been seeking out windy exercise for more than a hundred years. Today, the practice is so common that it’s known as “uitwaaien (that translates to “outblowing”)—the activity of spending time in the wind, usually by going for a walk or a bike ride: something that Dutch do to clear their mind and feel refreshed.
How to Feel Nothing Now, in Order to Feel More Later (the dopamine avoidance movement) – The New York Times, November 7, 2019
This article documents the growing dopamine-avoidance community in San Francisco. Sensory deprivation seems to be a big trend there—which echoes elements of Amish life.
The Korean Secret to Happiness and Success – The New York Times, November 2, 2019
With “nunchi,” all you need is your eyes, your ears and a quiet mind.
World Economic Forum on a new book on nunchi, click here.
Phone-distracted pedestrians cause traffic accidents
Poor digital wellbeing is literally deadly. “Smombies” (smartphone zombies) increasingly populate the world’s streets, and in Seoul, phone-distracted pedestrians cause 400 traffic accidents annually, while in the US pedestrian deaths have spiked 35 percent (to 6,277/year) since the iPhone was launched.
Source: Monthly Barometer, October 2019