Surfer Whose Arm Was Bitten Off By A Shark Surfs On The Head Of The World’s Supposed Best Surfer

Thirteen years ago, Bethany Hamilton’s left arm was bitten off by a tiger shark while she was surfing on Kauai. Despite losing 60 percent of her blood, she survived, returned to surfing three weeks later, became the subject of a number of movies and books over the years, and appeared on a ton of TV shows like The Amazing Race. Meanwhile, she also continued to work as a pro surfer.

Source: Surfer Whose Arm Was Bitten Off By A Shark Surfs On The Head Of The World’s Supposed Best Surfer

Congrats Bethany!

That was 13 years ago?!  I’m starting to feel old…

Brains of People With Schizophrenia Try to Repair Themselves: Study

Schizophrenia is a mysterious, misunderstood mental illness without a full cure. However, researchers from the United Kingdom and China may have found a clue that could help to understand it better.

Source: Brains of People With Schizophrenia Try to Repair Themselves: Study

The human brain produces 500,000 to 1,000,000 new brain cells daily, which has been known for years. These cells migrate throughout the brain and repair damaged areas by replacing lost cells. There’s a hypothesis on the etiology of schizophrenia and all of the autism spectrum disorders is neurotoxicity from the stress hormone cortisol during early pregnancy, when cortisol is known to pass the placental barrier and when important neural modules are developing, or not.

“You Limit Yourself By Having Low Expectations.”

A friend of mine at the gym at school got sponsored not too long ago.  He does physique stuff (hasn’t actually competed, but is still jacked enough to pick up a sponsorship.  Pretty legit), so we come to a discussion with totally different paradigms.  He has helped me a lot with “feeling” muscles that don’t seem to want to fire properly, and I help him with approaching strength-based programming.  It’s a surprisingly productive relationship for a commercial gym.

Source: “Strong” Is Determined By the Size of Your Pond

I have my own personal goals that are much less open ended than being strong. I specifically want to be able to do certain things and feel a certain way. I do not understand this open ended quest to be “strong”. Strength without purpose to me seems like a potential waste of time and possible injuries.

Heck, I don’t get any open ended goal. It’s kinda like just saying I want to be rich. I don’t. I want to be secure, with a house paid off in 15 years, and the ability to at least have the option of only working part time. Just chasing an idea of rich is going to cause some unneeded sacrifices and perhaps even lose some great opportunities because I didn’t understand what risks I could take, trying to sock away money with no real end goal.

And also, I don’t worry about others and what they’re doing because their needs and life path are not mine. I only worry about how I’m achieving my goals and if I’m doing my best to get to those goals. And also throwing in there reflection time to re evaluate those goals, for wants and needs change over time, you need time to think and make sure yesterday’s goal is still today’s goal.

An Extreme Method for Improving Your Habits

I suck at a lot of things: Trying to get too much done in a day. Working out regularly. Keeping my closet clean. I try to get better but change is hard no matter how much you want to. Especially for the things you suck at.

Source: An Extreme Method for Improving Your Habits

This line in the article stood out to me:

“I was feeling only slightly better than average most days. This is no way to live.”

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you should be feeling about average most days, that’s kind of what average means (assuming a whole bunch of pointless caveats, you know what I mean). If you are disappointed in only feeling “above average most days” then you seem to have two problems.

  1. What you think of as average is actually slightly below average, those “most days” that you are feeling “slightly better than average”, those are actually your average days.
  2. You think that feeling average is bad when it is really the default state.

How cognitive biases contribute to people refusing the flu vaccine

If someone receives the flu vaccine, there’s a better chance they’ll get through flu season without getting sick. But because the flu vaccine isn’t 100 percent effective, they might still end up infected despite the vaccine. To most observers, these two possible outcomes are “not equally salient,” write Frederick Chen and Ryan Stevens, two economists with an interest in vaccine refusal.

Source: How cognitive biases contribute to people refusing the flu vaccine

One other reason why people complain about the flu vaccine is that they don’t know what flu is. Influenza is a respiratory disease. It causes fever, coughing, sneezing, pneumonia. Flu doesn’t cause vomiting. If you’re vomiting, you don’t have flu. If you get the flu vaccine, and you end up with ” lotsa barfin'”, the flu vaccine didn’t fail, you got some other virus.

Why do people think that flu causes vomiting? For one thing, because of articles like this one, which is illustrated by an apparently-vomiting dog. So this article is actually helping drive some of the anti-flu-vaccine attitude, because the photo editor couldn’t be bothered to find an appropriate stock photo.

Treat Your Uninformed Critics Like You Would a Toddler

Most people don’t get too upset at anything a two-year-old kid says to them.

Source: The toddler strategy

This is not to say that you should ignore/dismiss all criticism you receive.

We all can learn from others’ criticisms of us. But it’ll probably be obvious which of your critics are people who are criticising just for the sake of criticising and which actually have your best interests in mind. For the former, wait for them to grow up…or not.

Teach Yourself to Love a New Food by Adding a Dash of Fat, Sugar, or Salt

A lot of times, people ask me how to acquire a taste because they want to learn how to like kale—or, even more commonly, they want to find out how to get their kids to like healthy foods. The truth is that we’re not genetically predisposed to dislike certain foods. In fact, we’re predisposed to like the majority of them (with the exceptions being bitter and ammoniated things because they can be hallmarks of spoilage or something that’s not necessarily safe). The problem comes with the messages our culture gives us about certain foods.

Source: Andrew Zimmern Explains How to Acquire a Taste

“Acquired taste” is the Stockholm syndrome of food 😉

I think it’s important to understand why you’d seek to acquire a taste.  I think it’s good to try, but also to be able to accept that if you don’t enjoy it?  Try something else.  It’s possible you’ll find what you like along the way.

How Your Food Choices Are Influenced by Outside Factors

Following a healthy diet can be hard. From deciding when and what to eat to how much food you actually put on your plate, the average person makes over 200 food-related decisions each day, most of which are automatic. These automatic choices – dubbed “mindless eating” by some experts – happen when we eat and drink without consciously considering what kind of or how much food to consume. We’ll keep eating from a bowl of chips past the point of fullness simply because they’re in front of us.

Source: Hungry? Food choices are often influenced by forces out of your control

One thing something we need to stress on is that the companies that makes junk food and fast food, their main concern is to market their products and less care about your health being.

At the end of the day, they need to make a profit and sales and so they spent a huge amount of money on marketing and advertisement. It is very hard for an average person who cannot resists the junk/fast food when they are cheaper, readily available and the ads are attractive.

I see it is our own individual responsibility to make sure that what I am putting in my mouth is not junk.

Avoid “Success Isolation” By Seeking New Companions As You Move Up

Isn’t it interesting how we all want to be successful, but when the opportunity comes, many of us shy away? Mentally, we tell ourselves we can’t do something, while conflicting pressures from others make it easy to give up. What were once perceptions about fear can quickly become reality. So, see if any of the following reasons keep you from pursuing your dreams and facing them head-on. When you do, you’ll realize that you were stronger than you ever believed.

Source: 5 Fears You Might Not Realize Are Holding You Back (And What To Do)

Some are likely to read the article and think it’s another way of saying “Oh, I’m doing better now, time for new, upper class friends. All the other losers I hang with should be dumped immediately!”  There’s a difference between a social climber, and listening to sabotage/sour grapes.

After breaking a collarbone, it was almost 3 months before I could get back into the pool.  Even then, it was more than a month of experiencing pain/discomfort besides seeing how much strength/stamina/ability I’d lost because of being immobile for 3 months.  I was asked to move up lane, because I was starting to lap people in the current one.  The following swim, I was made told that I thought I was fast…  I’ve had similar experiences with cycling.

It stands to reason that improvement could lead to distance because you can no longer keep in contact with people you previously did.  You can’t talk about the same things.  From my experience, I think the issue stems from the relationship not actually being what I thought it was.  I’ve read about “diet sabotage” and such, but I think it was always there – people just weren’t as forthright about it.

Why Do You Hate The Word Moist? Science.

Okay, a lot of people hate the word “moist”. It just sounds gross, but why does it repulse us? A new study published in the journal PLOS One may have some insight into why certain words make us cringe.

Source: Why Do You Hate The Word Moist? Science.

Looking at the demographic results, it’s a Millenial thing? Younger people and specifically younger females were the ones who don’t like the word “moist”…