Friday, November 2, 2012

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• Boring is productive. Several experiments showed that making choices depletes mental energy. Therefore, you should develop routines for mundane decisions, like what to have for breakfast or which tie to wear with each suit, in order to have more mental resources for important decisions during the day.

• Boredom is stressful. It is worsening, as people are becoming less tolerant of a lack of stimulation, says Sandi Mann, a senior psychology lecturer at England’s University of Central Lancashire. Routine work and dull meetings are parts of the problem.

• Although many may prefer e-readers to paper, 47% of young people are reading long-form content such as books, magazines and newspapers, according to a Pew study.

• 85% of Canadians rate themselves as "Happy," lagging behind India (89%) and Indonesia (93%), but well ahead of Americans (79%), according to Ipsos. Surprisingly, Canadians were cheerful even though just 38% felt their personal finances were strong, about the same proportion as in the U.S. (35%).

• It's a good idea to keep your car keys beside the bed at night. If you're burglarized, just push the panic button on the key fob to set off the car car alarm, which makes a heck of a racket and may scare off the intruder.

• Tiny Sicily employs 26,000 auxiliary forest rangers, 17 times as many as British Columbia, where forests cover about two-thirds (60 million hectares) of the province’s total land mass. [Source: Toronto Star]
 How about that?

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