No. 504 – December 25, 2022
Brain Food is a weekly newsletter with ideas and insights you can use in everyday life.
A short one today, as it’s time for family and reflection.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas or a happy holiday!
Advice for curious people:
“There is no certain way of telling in advance if the daydreams of a life dedicated to the pursuit of truth will carry a novice through the frustration of seeing experiments fail and of making the dismaying discovery that some of one’s favourite ideas are groundless.”
“The trouble is that most people want to be right. The very best people, however, want to know if they’re right.”
— John Cleese in Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide
Choosing something once is easy. Choosing it repeatedly makes a difference.
Ordinary choices compound into extraordinary results.
Kindness Can Have Unexpectedly Positive Consequences:
“These findings suggest that what might seem small when we are deciding whether or not to do something nice for someone else could matter a great deal to the person we do it for. Given that these warm gestures can enhance our own mood and brighten the day of another person, why not choose kindness when we can?”
The History of Christmas:
Christmas, as a festival, has changed a lot throughout history, with many of its core modern traditions being more recent than we think or of surprising origin. Historically, Christmas was often a time for upending social structures
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