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Welcome to this week’s Intelligent Tuesday, from the people behind The Five Minute JournalProductivity Planner, and My Commitment. This is a weekly list of resources that enhance our lives. We want to share these with you to spread joy, productivity, and self-fulfillment.

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”
- Henri Nouwen

  • Article (5 minutes) - How to Choose a Type of Mindfulness Meditation by Kira M. Newman: When starting a meditation practice, a common recommendation is to focus on your breath. But what if you fell off the bandwagon? What if this method is not that effective for you? Researchers at the Max Planck Institute recruited more than 200 adults who were new to meditating to participate in a nine-month mindfulness training program. The simple findings: not all meditation is created equal; pick the right one for you.


  • Quick Tip (2 minutes) - The Psychological Principle for Making New Friends: This tip comes from Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin. Counterintuitively, we think that we act because of the way we feel; in fact, we often feel because of the way we act. If you are often distracted, wary, or self-absorbed when meeting others, consider acting the way you want to feel. In other words, when you meet someone new, pretend like they are your long lost friend. If your pattern is giving lukewarm introductions, yes, this adjustment will take some time. How will you start practicing this today? Smile more? Better eye contact? Turn up the warmth factor? All the above?


  • Article (16 minutes) - How to Do What You Love by Paul Graham: According to PEW research, almost half of all Americans are unhappy with their jobs. A Gallup poll puts that number closer to 70%. Past the often unhelpful “follow your passion” advice, how do you find a job in which you are consistently engaged? Enter Y Combinator founder Paul Graham (investor in AirBnB, Dropbox, Stripe). His essays are a treasure trove of wisdom, especially this practical and honest assessment of how to make doing what you love a reality.


  • Video (6 minutes) - Optimistic Nihilism: Being 1 out of 7 billion people or, zooming out even further, a spec of dust within a vast galaxy (potentially infinite!) can make us feel like we don’t matter. What’s the point? Is life meaningless? This video by Kurzgesagt, the often sobering scientific channel that examines our existence to depressing ends, flips the script. Life may be meaningless, and that’s also very great news!


  • Book - Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday: How is it that some art, books, and businesses last for more than 10 years? How did the movie The Shawshank Redemption fail at the box office but go on to gross more than $100 million as a cult classic? How did The 48 Laws of Power miss the bestseller lists for more than a decade and still sell more than a million copies? This book is a MUST read for all creators who want to create work that stands the test of time and find a viable, enjoyable strategy for marketing it to the world. For a quick intro to the book, check out Ryan’s post here.


Thank you for reading and have a great rest of the week,

The Intelligent Change Team


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