Self-Partnered: The Sudden, Surprising Rise of the Single Positivity MovementThe 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This is a new trend largely led by women: More and more people are throwing off outdated stigmas and embracing a happy life on their own, calling it “self-partnered.”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 StressNautilus, 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 SuccessThe 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.

Striking Stats:

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

 

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