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We need to pick our battles better to actually decrease COVID because science says this one doesn’t do it

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According to a recent NY Times article, prohibiting outdoor activity is unlikely to reduce the spread of the virus, nor is urging people always to wear a mask outdoors.

Worldwide, scientists have not documented any instances of outdoor transmission unless people were in close conversation, Dr. Muge Cevik, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland says.

“The small number of cases where outdoor transmission might have occurred,” she wrote on Twitter, “were associated with close interactions, particularly extended duration, or settings where people mixed indoors alongside an outdoor setting.”

Why does this matter?

Because “people do…


These will wreck your body and health. Here’s how

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Sitting and Snacking. Two of the evils ushered in along with the arrival of COVID and people being relegated to working from home.

Here’s why it’s important to change these two life habits as soon as possible that you’ve likely adapted (I sure did) during COVID.

Sitting

The human body is not meant to sit for hours every day. We are not built to stay in the same position for long stretches of time. This is terrible for our muscles and blood flow. …


Otherwise, we don’t stand a chance at making it through this

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You think you’re doing OK, even reasonably well, when out of the blue it hits: a vague uneasiness — a nagging awareness that something isn’t right.

You’re waking up frequently during the night or you’re snapping at your partner and don’t know why. Your life feels imbued with a sense of inertia. You feel uninspired, bored, as though with nothing to look forward to. You have sporadic moments of disheartenment, bitterness, even anger. You miss people, but you don’t call them. (I do this all the time now. …


Aside from the obvious (no suggestions of giving flowers here)

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Who is finding their romantic relationship…feeling less, well, romantic at the moment in tandem with the current pandemic? This is something my partner and I have been struggling with, finding ourselves sharing the same space for most hours of almost every day.

Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck points out: Constant exposure to your partner does not increase sexual tension, it removes it. Sexual desire thrives off novelty, spontaneity, distance, and challenge — not to mention, people dressing up and looking hot for each other. …


Or they may die out, leaving only screens in their wake

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“Bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.” — Jen Campbell

Bookstores are in rapid decline, in terms of sales and people visiting them. This was sparked by Amazon.com and then accelerated by the pandemic. The title of a Wired article aptly observed, “Amazon Killed the Bookstore. So It’s Opening a Bookstore.” Then, with the pandemic and everyone relegated even more so to their screens, e-book purchases skyrocketed while sales at brick and mortar bookstores have taken a nosedive.

Fellow book lovers…


One Example: It Helps Decrease Depression

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Great fiction has the power to heal, to change us, and even, to alter our lives. When it comes to reading, we may assume that reading for knowledge is the best reason to pick up a book. Research, however, suggests that reading fiction may provide far more important benefits than nonfiction.

Forbes says: we don’t just read great books — they read us as well.

The human condition is complex and contradictory. A great novel reflects that complexity. We may read it several times, as we do with our favorites, and each time it is like finding an old friend…


There are many of them.

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Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress”, devastated by rejection letters. She was rejected hundreds of times. Her books are now massive, worldwide bestsellers.

Before she became the star of daytime TV, Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as an evening news reporter at Baltimore’s WJZ-TV because she was “unfit for television news” and couldn’t separate her emotions from the stories. She was given a daytime TV show as a consolation and, well, the rest is history.

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

J. K. Rowling, author of the…


Awesome relationships are not static.

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A fantastic relationship doesn’t just happen.

You don’t simply stumble upon your soulmate.

Your relationship does not automatically become ‘complete’ once you’ve been together long enough or gotten hitched.

Instead, a fabulous relationship and soulmates are created over time. You pick a good person, a reasonably solid match, and then you build this together.

You mindfully choose a generally emotionally healthy human who is ready and actively putting in the work of personal development, as well as, active efforts into having a great relationship with others. And then, you make it so with this person.

Rockin’ relationships and soulmates are…


No entire country or people is just one trait or idea.

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A recent article on Medium asked the question (and then semi claimed) that “most Americans are psychopaths.”

Dictionary.com defines this as a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, a lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, and failure to learn from experience.

The author of that article claimed that “maybe 10 to 20 percent of people” in America are not psychopaths (a random, arbitrary number) and that the rest of the country is.

Then he goes through and talks about the traits of a psychopath and gives extreme examples…


Here is what some other great countries have to offer…

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International Living, a website that shows how you can live, invest, or retire overseas, says that interest in leaving America has been soaring, with traffic up 945 percent from this past springtime through summer.

According to Immigration New Zealand, a total of 250,000 Americans have looked into how to leave the U.S. and move to the Pacific Island nation. Visits to a website, New Zealand Now, have spiked 160 percent, an average of about one U.S. resident per minute.

Companies that help Americans get second passports are also witnessing a massive increase in their services.

And Americans are giving up…

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