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Bread and circuses


Today I just wanted to share some tips and a friend is also who introduced me to most of this content, so I won't take credit for discovering this all on my own, but it's good so I just wanted to share it. Whether we're depressed or not, how we begin our day can have an impact on how we feel for the rest of the day and if we've developed some bad habits that can actually impact our entire lives. First things first, actually getting out of bed at a decent time, getting enough sleep and taking care of our general health, all of that is of course very important, but then what? My impression is that a lot of people jump straight to social media to keep themselves up to date and while apps such as Instagram offer aesthetic beauty and sometimes even art, spending too much time obsessing over these impressions is destructive because it doesn't offer any substance. It doesn't offer any new source of information.


In todays society all kinds of impressions, information, knowledge and nonsense lies available to us at the press of a button. This should be a good thing. If all knowledge is constantly available to us we should be very intelligent by now, but we're slowly starting to forget that achieving something that's truly good doesn't always come for free. Just looking at pretty pictures doesn't demand any effort from us. It's easy, but reading about something scientific might demand a little bit more concentration and so humans are often shifting their focus over to entertainment that doesn't demand anything at all. Forgetting to be critical.


Back in the day influencers would talk about how they liked to begin their day, it was simple and my guide to a happy morning isn't going to demand tons of effort from you, but it's going to be productive in stead of destructive. It's probably going to make you feel happy. So, this is my favourite thread, I'm sharing it with you because it's so simple to scroll through, just like an Instagram feed. It's like a science feed, with different posts/news relating to physics, biology, pshychology, neuroscience, economy, social science, engeneering, health, medicine and so on. It's so easy to understand all the posts, you don't have to understand physics, mathematics or anything like that on an academic level to understand this and if something catches your interest and you want to read more about it you can press on the post.

https://www.reddit.com/r/science/

NB! There's an app for this, just download Reddit.

People are working every day to try and guide our planet toward a better world and the avarage citizen can either help out, by taking just a moment to paint a picture in order to be supportive or, ignorantly, keep holding us back.


Another thing you can do, that I need to work more on, is to listen to or read the news. I'm 26 years old and I STILL don't understand our different political parties enough to deliver a vote properly. That's absolutely abhorrent and I'm not the only one. Basing a vote on an impression is not enough unless the impression is correct.

The pursuit of knowledge is rewarding in a wholesome way, but following the news can make anyone feel upset and even frightened at times. I'm delicate and even more so in the past, but shutting my eyes to cruelty is cruel. Keeping up to date is our responsibility and trying is the least I can do. Podcasts can be a good alternative. Like the BBC Global News Podcast.

https://open.spotify.com/show/3wBfqov60qDZbEVjPHo0a8

Or the norwegian news channel Dagsnytt 18

https://open.spotify.com/show/47vfw4WQreoyCGj9bjVB3u

There are many educational podcasts too. I know it's basic, but I'll also mention that if you live in Norway and you don't own a television either, that watching NRK TV through a laptop for example is a good alternative. This channel is about politics

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/politisk-kvarter-tv/202007/NNFA07071020/avspiller


I'm probably not the only one who finds these things a bit demanding, following the news and working to understand politics properly, but the pursuit of knowledge in general really can be a lot of fun! Your learning is in your own hands and you can begin at exactly the point where you're located intellectually. With any subject you can possibly desire. School is different, you're expected to keep up and to learn about subjects that have been decided for you and we're all different, so of course that's bound to present a challenge. There is never any shame in not being able to understand some kind of fact, the shame lies in not attempting to understand it. I'm never going to be a mathematician, that doesn't mean I can't go back to some point in my education and learn a simple math problem, read an article about science or read about human history, philosophy or any other subject that might interest me. I can go back to the level of a second grade student if I have to and build my way up. Read information that's been simplified so as to enable avarage people to understand it, as with the reddit thread or science magazines. Wikipedia, the library, youtube, the internet in general, it's all there. Just remember to be critical of your sources. This is a science magazine for you:

https://www.nature.com/

I shouldn't keep these tips secret because they're helping me to become a more productive and happy human and we can all get to experience that.


The libraries at the University are not VIP libraries just for us students, I could have gone there in the past as well I just never knew about it before now. You can buy real books at the bookshop as well, books intended for the students as a part of their education. There are even some open lectures and that can be both interesting and fun. I believe Yale published some lectures from a semester on psychology, there are others on astronomy from a different college. Knowledge is out there and knowledge is power.



Love,

Nina