The winner of Oxford Dictionaries’ prestigious Word of the Year award in 2016 was “post-truth.” It’s a phrase you hear used to describe nearly everything today – the media, politics, advertising, big business. But what does it really mean? It defines a situation where the truth is less important than appeals to people’s emotions. In a post-truth world, fiction has more power than fact.
As an editor for getAbstract, I knew instantly which abstract I wanted to share with readers when our resident blogger asked me for a recommendation list: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” by Mark Manson. Now I know the colorful language in this article may put some people off, but if you can look beyond the swearing and (hysterical) references to “bags of burritos” you’ll be rewarded with an elegant and inspiring message: Finding the courage to be forthright in the face of adversity makes life worth living. Manson inspires you to not sweat the little things and, instead, spend your energy on contributing to the world. His vision is one that would benefit many people in the sometimes-overwhelming times we live in.
Educators will tell you it’s a scary world out there. Technology, with its double-edged sword, expands knowledge while simultaneously establishing attention deficit as the norm. So many apps, chats and sites — and so little time. Even in the merciful absence of electronics, getting restless, young minds to stay on task in school is an enormous challenge – particularly when teachers insist on employing archaic tools such as textbooks, pencils and notepaper.
In the modern business world, more work is done virtually and by widely dispersed teams than ever before. The solitary figure toiling from a home office has become the archetype of the modern knowledge economy. Yet in something of a paradox, teamwork is more important than ever.
In her book From Me to We, Janine Garner goes so far as to predict the extinction of loners. “Those unwilling to work collaboratively, who prefer to work alone [and] who are closed to outside thinking and different approaches, will slowly disappear,” she writes.
A mishandled crisis can ring the death knell for a brand or individual in today’s hyperconnected world. Scandal has become the fuel that helps feed the information bonfire. United Airlines learned this tough lesson the hard way. On April 9, passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 3411 from Chicago, Illinois, to Louisville, Kentucky, filmed an altercation whereby security staff forcibly removed a United passenger from the aircraft. The footage went viral within hours. Although it doesn’t capture the passenger’s reaction to the initial request or the sequence of events leading up to the forced evacuation, the clip depicts the inhumane treatment of a paid-up customer with a valid ticket – an act that ignited widespread public outrage on social media. Read the rest of this entry »
Silicon Valley is a model of economic prosperity and a beacon of technological progress. But has the once-idealistic tech industry lost its way?
Critic Douglas Rushkoff thinks so. He remembers fondly when the Internet was shaping up as a tool to promote economic opportunity, free expression and equitably distributed wealth. Alas, he argues in Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, the utopian dream has given way to a dystopian nightmare. Read the rest of this entry »
As work becomes ever more flexible, the line between people’s professional and private lives is at times so thin that sometimes one area spills over into the other. Work may cut into your family time if you check your inbox at home or take work calls.
Hiring mistakes happen all the time. You bring in someone with impeccable credentials, a history of achievements and an impressive educational background. You would have bet a million bucks the guy would be a star. But in a few months, you realize it’s not going to work out. What his sparkling resume didn’t reflect was a bloated ego, an unwillingness to accept constructive criticism and the inability to collaborate with co-workers.
Bringing in the wrong people isn’t just a matter of a faulty evaluation system. Poor hiring decisions cost time and money and can really harm cohesiveness and productivity. Ensuring that you make the right decisions requires you to look beyond a candidate’s skills and experience. Obviously, you want people who will strengthen – not sabotage – your organization.
For a growing share of affluent consumers in Europe and North America, cash is something of an inconvenient relic. Credit cards and automated bank transfers account for most spending, and ApplePay, PayPal and other alternatives are grabbing a bigger share of the transactions once conducted by cash.
Cash’s value can vanish in a careless moment, or in a fire, or in the washing machine, or to the pickpocket on the crowded street. Credit cards, on the other hand, offer insurance against such risk.
How do millennials feel about the future? The answer depends on where they live.
Millennials often are portrayed by their elders as an undifferentiated mass of smartphone-addicted, work-shirking, trophy-collecting whippersnappers.
On closer inspection, though, young adults born after 1982 aren’t a monolithic generation. They come with the usual variety of fears and dreams, according to a survey by consulting firm Deloitte – and in that way, they’re not so different than every age cohort that came before them.
getAbstract operates on the notion that knowledge is power and that avid reading stimulates the brain, and we’re heartened to know that two titans of the tech industry agree.
Tesla head Elon Musk recently served up a list of books that he says helped him succeed, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates writes a blog that keeps track of his reading list.
After nearly a decade of debt crises and a high-profile leave vote, the European Union has fallen on hard times financially and politically. Even so, the European Commission is soldiering on.
March 25, 2017, marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, and EC officials paint the union’s recent woes as mere blips when compared to seven decades of peace and the creation of a trading bloc of 500 million consumers.
“Sixty years ago, Europe’s founding fathers chose to unite the continent with the force of the law rather than with armed forces,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement marking the anniversary. “We can be proud of what we have achieved since then. Our darkest day in 2017 will still be far brighter than any spent by our forefathers on the battlefield.” Read the rest of this entry »
Be present in the moment. Practice acceptance, gratefulness and kindness.There you have it – the skin-and-bones formula for happiness – according to the philosophical deep thinkers and psychological experts who study such matters. Sounds so simple, yet is so elusive.
Happiness is so important to human beings that in 2011, the prime minister of Bhutan, a tiny kingdom in the Himalayas, proposed a global day of happiness to the United Nations. Since 2012, March 20 has been designated as World Happiness Day. According to the World Happiness Report for 2017, Norway is the world’s happiest country, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland. The United States ranked 14th with the UK 19th. Read the rest of this entry »
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I particularly enjoyed this book because I like to learn more about how you can improve your life, expand your mind, improve your health and treat illnesses through mindfulness and meditation. I truly believe that meditation helps you positively change your life and the life of others.
I learned about different kinds of mindfulness meditation, how mindfulness can help you deal better with emotional challenges, and how to accept things the way they are.
Happiness is not an emotion; it’s a state of being. Much has been said about it and there’s much left to be said. But one thing is clear: The pursuit of authentic and lasting happiness is universal. Wherever you are in your path toward happiness, these five books will help you understand what happiness really means, how to achieve it and most importantly, how to maintain it.
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