Thanks for checking out the Weekly Learning Roundup. These bite-sized, weekly posts are designed to give you a quick hit of interesting learnings and articles I came across this week.

It’s a motley assortment of tips, resources, and links that will hopefully give you a bit of inspiration for the upcoming week. Enjoy!

What I’m reading —

Everything We Know So Far About How Facebook Affects Your Happiness by Jenny Chen

Facebook can be a great tool for staying connected with friends and creating a stronger digital community around yourself. But it also has downsides around social comparison and feel like your life is not as great when looking at photos and videos of “highlights” from friends. The article provides the latest research into the impact of Facebook and a surprising finding that those who are engaged on the platform (e.g. comment, invite, discuss, etc.) are more likely to feel happier than those that passively interact with it.

A quote that’s inspiring me —

Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would become religious overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of god. Instead the stars come out every night, and we watch television.

 Paul Hawken

American environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author.

“ah-ha!” thought of the week —

It’s okay to “reset” occasionally.

This past week I had a busy week with work that derailed me from being able to attend a couple of my friends’ events – including a birthday and a fundraising party. While did have the time to go and attend the events, I was feeling exhausted and didn’t feel up to it. I beat myself up a little bit for not being stronger and showing up. After all, these are people I care about.

While I could feel bad about it for a few days, I know it’s not helpful to feel that way. Nor does it help with the relationship in the future if I’m holding this guilt and projecting it onto my friends. So this weekend is an opportunity for me to “reset” and get back at things 100% for the upcoming week. I need to be kind to myself and know it’s okay to have weeks like that. That said, I can always plan ahead better and be realistic with my time and energy.

Product or service I’m loving —

Calm

I highlighted Calm about a year ago as one of my favourite meditation apps and it still is one of my favourites. They’ve made some really nice improvements to the app including a new daily meditation and an open-ended meditation with timed bells of your choosing. If you go with the Yearly pricing – 59.99 USD – it’s really affordable on a monthly basis. You can also use it for free with their basic programs which is something that I do.

Featured image by Scott Webb.

As always, thanks for checking out this Weekly Learnings Roundup. Follow me on Twitter @peternakamura to see the full list of articles that I share on a daily basis.

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