February Link Love


Your brain is hardwired to snap. Super-interesting article about rage and aggression and how it’s closely related with the same group of neurons that could make you a hero.

Oh boy, did my friend Marian hit the nail on the head…  Learning to say no doesn’t give you permission to be a flake. I thought this was mainly American behavior, because I experienced a lot of this in all the years that I’ve lived here. I (almost) never experienced it in Germany and wonder if it’s a bit of a cultural thing? Either way – if you say “yes” to a get together/event, then for Peet’s sake,  you go. (The only real excuse to cancel is if you’re fatally ill or have some other form of (actual) emergency. Otherwise, if you say yes to something, you commit to going. Simple as that. Headache doesn’t count, a better social engagement doesn’t count either – unless you’re willing to risk a friendship over this.)

Are you a fan of mushrooms? I am and this recipe sounds devine.

Although I don’t necessarily think this is true for me personally, I can see how they win that argument: How refund policies encourage spending (and reduce returning).

Fascinating: we’re the only animals with chins and nobody knows why. Did you ever think of this?

This is what sand looks like magnified 300 times. So beautiful.

This is awesome. Add you own statement! My Dad is…

After I lived in Norway, America felt backward. Here’s why. I definitely can relate to many of those thoughts. In Europe, we take certain things for granted. “ What Scandinavians call the Nordic model is a smart and simple system that starts with a deep commitment to equality and democracy. That’s two concepts combined in a single goal because, as far as they’re concerned, you can’t have one without the other.” 

For everybody who’s struggling: grief has no expiration date.

Multitasking is killing your brain. And with your brain, I mean mine. Oh boy, maybe I should try to start focusing on one thing at a time? But, it’s so hard. Please tell me that you’re a multitasker, too.

The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy Explained Perfectly With a Simple Animation. Brené Brown knows it.

  1. Gaaaah, thanks for the love!!

    1. You’re welcome :)

  2. I really hate it when people commit to something and then back out at the last minute. I would think it’d be less awkward to say no in the first place versus saying yes and then cancelling! I really try to not cancel at the last minute unless something has come up that warrants me canceling plans. But I very very rarely do that. But it does seem to be more of a trend these days.

    1. Of course, sometimes things come up… but when people make a habit of rescheduling or canceling, I get a little annoyed.

  3. Oh my gosh, those sand pictures. Beautiful! They look like an I Spy book, remember those? Love it.

    1. I want to blow one of those up on canvas and put it in my living room :)

  4. I have actually been that person that backed out the last minute because of sinus issues, which give me some really awesome and bad headaches (basically I can’t lift my head and it’s painful to do anything). But that’s only if it happens the day of. Otherwise I show up! (I’ve gotten infections many a time due to awesome sinus issues, especially around where we live, which is essentially the worst place to live for sinus issues/allergies.)

    I *think* women tend to multitask more so (like waaaaaaaaaaaaay more so) than men because we tend to think of all things all the time and make sure everything is running just right. Men tend to be (not all of them, but from what I’ve experienced) one-track minded and can accomplish only one thing at a time. I think both ways are a blessing and a curse. Sometimes I wish I was one-track minded. I’d likely be a lot less stressed!

    1. Migraine is definitely an acceptable excuse (as long as it doesn’t happen every time you’re making plans with someone ;))… I know how debilitating migraines can be!

      I agree with you that multitasking seems to be more of a female problem…. we just tend to think in more complex ways than men do ;)

  5. The Nordic Model article was very interesting.

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