Learn the Silver Lining in Rejection From This Writer

Learn the Silver Lining in Rejection From This Writer

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Everyone in life has experienced rejection. “No” is a word that makes many of us cringe and makes others (myself included) try to avoid it as much as possible even if it’s at the expense of trying to obtain the things we want.     Entrepreneur and author of Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection, Jia Jiang is all too familiar with rejection. I recently ran across a TED Talk where Jiang gave a lecture on what he learned from 100 days of rejection. Now for the record, I’m not typically a TED Talk type of person, and …

Five Essential Existential Reads, Brought to You by My Ongoing Existential Crisis

Five Essential Existential Reads, Brought to You by My Ongoing Existential Crisis

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After a call for more personal articles and an intriguing “relationship with your therapist” prompt, here’s the odyssey you’ll hopefully enjoy. Much like my therapy sessions, there’s no road map: enter at your own risk, but I promise there actually are five quality books at the end of this.   Almost four months ago I moved to New York from Houston and, before I left, I figured it would be a good idea to get a full body check up, head to heels, toes to tits. Everyone hates going to the doctor, but boy did I love seeing my therapist. She looks like my grandmother and sounds …

7 Hobbies Perfect for Book Lovers (Besides Reading)

7 Hobbies Perfect for Book Lovers (Besides Reading)

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The pleasure we get from hobbies is second nature. Of course I spend my free time reading. Whether our hobbies relax our bodies, nourish our minds, or make us, somehow, stronger, there’s something innate within that activity we find enjoyable.   You have to wonder, then, what makes reading so enjoyable for us book lovers. To better understand what makes reading special, it’s necessary to analyze and compare it to similar hobbies. So here are 7 hobbies besides reading that are perfect for book lovers.   1. Listening to records   via GIPHY   The internet has made listening to whatever song whenever nearly effortless. Music streaming …

9 Scientific Reasons Why You Should Be Reading Right Now

9 Scientific Reasons Why You Should Be Reading Right Now

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Yes, “Harry Potter” is awesome. So is “Game of Thrones” and Kurt Vonnegut and Joan Didion and so on. Our favorite books are amazing. They suck us in and spit us out as discernibly better people. We’ve gone on adventures, felt new feelings, and lived another’s life. And, of course, they keep us entertained.   But what about bad books? Well, science seems to say that the act of reading is, in and of itself, good for us. So bring out those embarrassing reads because here are some of the biggest bonuses to our shared hobby.   9. You feel more included   Spending …

WTF is Up with All the Cursing in Books These Days?

WTF is Up with All the Cursing in Books These Days?

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Over the last 60 years, swear words’ appearances have increased dramatically in books. Led by San Diego State University psychologist and author Jean M. Twenge, a study using the Google Books Ngram selected seven curse words to testify a hypothesis related to the increased prevalence of swearing in books. In her results, one particular swear word is shown to have multiplied 678 times in books since the 1950s. Other words follow less aggressive yet similar trends and you can refer to the table below to see exactly which ones have proliferated. In general, books published in 2005-2008 were 28 times more likely to include inappropriate use of …