37: The irony of climate change and the isolation of UNEMPLOYMENT with Mona

37: The irony of climate change and the isolation of unemployment with Mona (@journeyofakhalifah)

I’m not for the animal testing but the reference for the estimated ability to detect a trillion inputs is herein:

“On the Dimensionality of Odor Space” by Meister

Podcast episode on which Mona previously spoke with Suhaib Webb

Last legitimate threat to a “hegemonic monoculture” by Eeman Abbasi

Celeste Headlee’s comment about Henry Higgins’ “My Fair Lady”

Curious Awareness: the solution to breaking bad habits by Judson Brewer

The power of originals: TED talk by Adam Grant, author of “Originals”


32: We and Jameela Jamil are on the same wavelength, i.e. why rejection physically hurts, pessimists, GOATS and plantains

learned optimism

32: We and Jameela Jamil are on the same wavelength, i.e. why rejection physically hurts, pessimists, GOATS and plantains

Learned helplessness experiment by Seligman and Maier

The dogs actually hit or could hit panels with their snouts, not buttons, as far as I could discern.

Another clarification: I only had to pick up two of the three boxes at most.

Greater innovation from more racially and gender diverse companies: Do Pro‐Diversity Policies Improve Corporate Innovation? by Roger C. Mayer, Richard S. Warr and Jing Zhao

Speculation about why made by Richard Warr

CBC News: The National: “Is a University Degree a Waste of Money?”

The “learned optimism” quiz

Dr. Martin Seligman’s book is called “Learned Optimism”

The Hewlett-Packard study Sara mentioned

“The Importance of Being an Optimist: Evidence from Labor Markets” by Ron Kaniel, Cade Massey, David T. Robinson

This is the research for the dispositional optimists and job hunt and career success correlation.

“The Optimism Bias” by Tali Sharot

This is the TED talk Sahara referred to when she talked about the cartoon with the penguin/s who “flew.”

The Confidence Gap: research showing women underestimating themselves despite having abilities essentially matched to that of men

Couldn’t find study about singles taking twice as long to recover from infection but found corroborating evidence of such a conclusion: 1 and 2.

Sociability and its physical impact on the heart

“Why rejection hurts so much—and what to do about it by psychologist Guy Winch

“Social rejection shares somatosensory representations with physical pain” by Ethan Kross, Marc G. Berman, Walter Mischel, Edward E. Smith and Tor D. Wager.

This is the study where people were put in FMRIs and asked to remember when they were rejected.

Hiring recruiter mentioned is Sue May, a graduate of Princeton University; you can listen to more of her on the podcast under either of the first two She Roars episodes.

31: Obama's clothes, should I have went to Harvard (eyeroll emoji), watching a video of a blank, white wall and some of the science behind empowering yourself

Making a decision


“Drowning in Jam: How to Conquer Decision Fatigue” by Jane Hu


“The Ten-item wardrobe | Jennifer L. Scott | TEDxStGeorge”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3CLRL32Mcw

“The Scientific Reason why Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg wear the same outfit everyday” https://www.businessinsider.com/barack-obama-mark-zuckerberg-wear-the-same-outfit-2015-4

The marshmallow test: https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/willpower-gratification.pdf

30: Heroism, color, colonialism, and an under-your-nose #lifehack

Now hear me out:

I was in my inbox, lingering as I do when I’m disappointed at not having receiving responses I was hoping for but not quite ready to leave, almost as if optimism is a loiterer who knows full well there’s no legitimate reason for her to be there but can’t find a legitimate enough reason to leave

This is one of the inboxes I go to after leaving my business inbox, my main personal account and of course, what do I see but an email, a trusty alumni newsletter

If you’ve graduated and partly enjoyed your experience at school but also partly really really really didn’t, you may understand the feeling I had when I for some reason that I may never truly understand I opened that email

Maybe the feeling of rejection mentioned earlier prompted me to seek out some sense of community, no matter how false it is.

Anyway—if you’re wondering, yes, I highly recommend my alma mater to anyone who asks or doesn’t ask and yes, that person could probably get away with never buying a meal plan and simply subsisting off of the free food that circulates so consistently and reliably on campus

I’m sure the free food listserv still exists as do other probably unprecedented sources of deliciousness

So, in my alumni newsletter I think, I don’t know because I very rarely open it, there’s a pretty consistent roundup of new books written by Princeton alumni.

I scrolled through the list, pausing slightly during my scroll for some (books) and eventually rescrolled back to the top because isn’t that what you do to force something interesting from where it doesn’t seem to exist.

At the top of the list is a book called “Joyful.”

You may be thinking, “what kind of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves-sounding name is that?”

Ecosias Seven Dwarves names to see if Joyful was actually one if them

Ecosia is another search engine because I hate Google and Ecosia plants trees the more I use it so it helps me feel environmentally woke…


Back to this book called “Joyful.”

Do you remember when I said that Anne Helen Petersen said about millennial burnout: “I never thought the system was equitable. I knew it was winnable for only a small few. I just believed I could optimize myself to become one of them.”

I believe your chances of winning the system depends on what system you’re looking at and in short, I want to optimize you to win.

So, back to this book called “Joyful.” Now, you may be thinking this is some self help nonsense that lost souls furtively buy into to masquerade the shame of not having reached their full potential because society says if you’re not the best, you’re a loser—there’s no in-between.

First of all, I don’t subscribe to this. Someone once said, and this probably not verbatim, “you’re going to grossly underestimate the time it will take you to get from where you are now to where you want to be.”

At the same time, some self help forces you to look at the world in a categorically different way—in a way that runs counter to potentially baseless, mainstream perspectives.

“Joyful” isn’t self-help as much as it is narratives intertwined with research driven by a catalytic story.

You can here about that story in the free preview of her book.

The author Ingrid Fetell Lee stumbled onto or was destined for an amazing realization, one that’s right under your nose.

Happiness or rather joy, which is instantaneous unlike happiness, a putatively chronic state, can be derived from…objects.

This flies in the face of modern psychology, which says…

habit change



These are the ways by which you can alter your inner state to achieve happiness.

Listen to the audio for more.