Lost time, health, stress and the other high costs of traffic

Stuck and Stressed: The High Costs of Traffic, New York Times, March 2020 According to one study, commuting is one of the least pleasant things we do. But it’s not just an annoying time waster — there’s a case that it’s a public health issue. According to analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the average American commuter spends 42 hours per …

Report Commissioned By Pentagon Says A Combination Of Global Starvation, War, Disease, Drought, And A Fragile Power Grid Could Have Cascading, Devastating Effects. And over 600 million people live at sea level.

According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes. The senior US government officials who wrote the report are from several key …

Men are 3x more at risk for deadly self-destruction than women. Middle-agers 3x more so than teenagers. White people more than 2x as much as people of color. Rural and small-town residents nearly 2x as much as residents of large cities

Meanwhile, INEQUALITY IS LITERALLY KILLING US By Sam Pizzigati, Otherwords.org October 12, 2019 | EDUCATE! Again and again, studies show that the richer wealthy Americans become, the shorter the rest of us live. What do the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau do between the census they run every 10 years? All sorts of annual surveys, on everything from housing costs to retail sales.  …

To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight

A brain circuit that suppresses distracting sensory information holds important clues about attention and other cognitive processes.8 Jordana Cepelewicz Staff Writer September 24, 2019 VIEW PDF/PRINT MODEBiologyCognitionNeurosciencePerception We can pick out a conversation in a loud room, amid the rise and fall of other voices or the hum of an air conditioner. We can spot a set of keys in …

Well-being arises from using one’s unique talents at work, surrounded by a diverse set of perspectives, how easily and often they can chat with co-workers, opinions valued, and inspired by the people we work with

Quartz, 2018 and 2019 excerpt The strongest predictor of men’s happiness and well-being is their job satisfaction, by a large margin—and the strongest predictor of job satisfaction is whether men feel they are making an impact on their companies’ success. This measure, the study finds, is influenced by whether men feel they are using their own unique talents at work, …

Burnout Runs Deeper Than “Too Much Work”: Find synergy between mastery and belonging without sacrificing your autonomy

when one or more of the big three (autonomy, mastery, belonging) are missing, the intrinsic motivation and harmonious passion it supports either shifts to extrinsic motivation and obsession or just plain old disgruntledness. By Brad Stulberg Burnout — a state of physical and emotional exhaustion often followed by apathy and illness — is ubiquitous across industries. Physicians, business people, artists, teachers, and athletes …

Beyond Coping with Climate Change: Steward and channel that emotion and produce change. Also Naomi Klein interview

Excerpt, Common Dreams, Sept 2019, Beyond Coping with Climate Change At its root, the climate crisis is also the crisis of human relationship—how we relate to our own emotional states, those of others, and, ultimately, conflict. To solve problems with—not for— human beings, which is what this crisis requires, we need to be conflict-literate. We need to be in touch with our …

Safety and well-being during extreme weather

From hurricanes to wildfires, extreme weather also poses health hazards. According to the Health and Climate Report, primary impacts include death, injury, or illness; worsening underlying medical conditions; and adverse effects on mental health. In a study published in 2019, Todd Pugatch, an economics professor at Oregon State University, found that tropical-storm-related deaths increase under most climate change scenarios and by as …

What would be good enough?

The Age of Envy: How to be Happy When Everyone Else’s Life Looks Perfect Social media has created a world in which everyone seems ecstatic – apart from us. Is there any way for people to curb their resentment? The Guardian|Moya Sarner, October 2018 One night about five years ago, just before bed, I saw a tweet from a friend …