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Thanksgiving Leftovers: November 23, 2018
"I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle
because they didn't like walking or carrying things."
- Lech Walesa

 
We hope you and yours had a happy, overstuffed Thanksgiving Day.
 
Many of us today will be engaged in a battle of will. Who has more control over us—our willpower or the leftovers?
 
Ah, what the heck! Lean in to the leftovers. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a delightfully lazy day. Next week will bring back that to do list of important priorities.

Morning Coffee: Starting the Day Right
 
My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee
Writer A.J. Jacobs traveled the world to fulfill one deceptively simple task he thought would take a morning: thank those who made his morning coffee possible.
 
Your Brain on Coffee
By the way, this is what’s happening to your brain as your sip your joe.
 
This shop owner’s wife fell ill. Now, customers line up early to buy all the doughnuts.
A side of donuts with your coffee. If this story doesn’t make you feel good about mankind, we don’t know what will.
 
Breakfast: A Balanced Mix to Get You Energized for the Day
 
The Plymouth Colony explained
In the spirit of the most American of holidays, a fascinating, more nuanced video summary of the events you learned in your high school American history class.
 
To be happier, focus on what’s within your control
A serving of Stoicism for your morning. Chase internal achievements, not the external outcomes, and unlock the key to contentment.
 
The real trick to staying young forever
Quick: how old are your friends? Too old?
 
Light Lunch: There’s Still Hope for a Productive Day
 
Why Japan's Buddhists run a deadly 1,000-day marathon
While you might not have it in you to attempt a 1,000-day marathon, watch this video and try not to be inspired to at least get up from the sofa…
 
10 paradoxes that will stretch your mind
Or if physical exercise sounds too ambitious, how about exercise for the brain?
 
Merriam Webster’s difficult vocab quiz
Don’t feel bad. They have an easier version, too.
 
Leftovers Calling: Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes on the Mind…
 
The true cost of an iPhone over your lifetime: $300,000
Well if this won’t drive you to binge, what will…
 
A neuroscientist explains why you’re so bad at remembering names
It’s not your fault.
 
The benefits of a short attention span
If you’ve channel surfed, written an email, and toggled between multiple open browser tabs while reading this email, it ain’t all bad news.
 
Second Serving: Just Give up and Eat More Pie
 
Why are sloths so slow?
At this point, give into the day and embrace being sloth-like. (Should A.J. Jacobs inspire you to practice daily gratitude, include sloths; they’re likely the reason we have the glorious avocado today.) 
 
17 facts that are 100% true and 100% freaky
One 17-inch pizza is more food than two 12-inch pizzas…That’s the only hard news you can handle at this point. 
 
CNET’s list of best Black Friday deals
If you’ve lost leftovers control, you might as well lose all control.
 
Tomorrow Is a New Day. Get Some Sleep. And Start with Gratitude.
 
If this baby bear can do it, so can you.
 
F.lux changes your screen brightness by time of day
Blue light from computer screens is attacking your quality of sleep. Here’s one way to win the war. 
 
Here’s another way: BBC has multiple 10-hour videos of soothing oceanscapes that can help you relax and go off to dreamland.
 
We hope those leftovers got the best of you. They, in it of themselves, are a reason to be thankful.

 
"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy,
and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."
- William Arthur Ward


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