Friday Link Love

Some stuff I’ve been captivated by this week:

Mars Hill — Broken Bottles

As I indicated a post or two ago, I adore Rob Bell. He’s one of my pastors, truly. And I listen to him and feel very sad that my little old Tiny Church is stuck with yours truly ever week… OK, not really. But really. This recent teaching of his on Ecclesiastes was one of the best I’ve heard by him. Recent teachings are only available for free for a limited time, so check it out soon.

Can a Fake Smile Be Bad for Your Health?

The scientists examined what happened when the drivers engaged in fake smiling, known as “surface acting,” and its opposite, “deep acting,” where they generated authentic smiles through positive thoughts, said an author of the study, Brent Scott, an assistant professor of management at Michigan State University.

After following the drivers closely, the researchers found that on days when the smiles were forced, the subjects’ moods deteriorated and they tended to withdraw from work. Trying to suppress negative thoughts, it turns out, may have made those thoughts even more persistent.

But on days when the subjects tried to display smiles through deeper efforts — by actually cultivating pleasant thoughts and memories — their overall moods improved and their productivity increased.

See, I had always heard that behavior can modify emotions, that acting a certain way in practice can help bring about that mood internally. So if you want to be happy, act happy. This seems to add a little nuance to that. There’s something in here that relates to authenticity too, I think.

Organizing Secrets from a Manhattan Design Guru

This is a decent enough article about being organized, but what I really loved was this line:

Staying organized is like gardening. You’re constantly weeding; it’s part of your routine.

I genuinely enjoy being organized and having a sense of order in my home, which is admittedly not fancy (and not perfect), but there is a place for everything and I try not to let it go too long before returning things to their proper spots. I’ve often felt bad about this though, like the truly creative people thrive on chaos, and neat freaks are just people who don’t have enough to occupy their time. (Where do I get such bizarre notions?!??) Hearing organizational efforts compared to gardening, which is a discipline that brings beauty to the world, was very freeing for me.

Parents Magazine: Twenty-five Manners Every Kid Should Know

I caught this in the print edition at the hairdresser’s and thought it was a pretty good list of etiquette for kids… warning, link is in slide-show format which I find annoying. Still, good stuff and we have some things to work on.

Come Along for a Ride into Space

A lovely six-minute video:

Cinematographer Luke Geissbühler and his 5-year-old son Max made a homemade spacecraft out of a Thai food takeout container and a weather balloon, and outfitted it with an HD video camera and an iPhone. Last August, they sent it into space.

“The mission was…was send it up into the upper stratosphere to film the blackness beyond the earth…Eventually, the balloon will grow from lack of atmospheric pressure, burst, and begin to fall…It would have to survive 100 MPH winds, temperature of 60 degrees below zero, speeds of over a 150 mph, and the high risk of a water landing….To retrieve the craft, it would need to deploy a parachute, descend through the clouds and transmit a GPS coordinate to a cell phone tower….Then we have to find it.”

And finally, tonight is the National Day of Unplugging. We are So There. Hope you’ll participate too.


6 thoughts on “Friday Link Love

  1. Keith Snyder says:

    “I’ve often felt bad about this though, like the truly creative people thrive on chaos, and neat freaks are just people who don’t have enough to occupy their time. (Where do I get such bizarre notions?!??”

    From the Dionysians who think they’re special and the Apollonians who fear they’re right, probably including an awareness of the ability of chaos to get at the chthonic, maybe with insufficient acknowledgment of the Apollonian ability to actually finish things, possibly with some real truths about rule-following and rule-breaking laid in at the wrong magnification.

    How’d I do?

  2. Rachel Heslin says:

    Re “faking happy.” I think, like much of life, a lot of whether or not it helps comes down to intent. If you acknowledge that yeah, you’re not happy, but you are deliberately making the attempt to ease some of the weight by going through the motions, then I can see it helping.

    On the other hand, if you are faking it because you believe that it is Wrong to be unhappy, that there is something wrong with you because you’re not happy, and you resent feeling like you need to pretend, then I can see it being harmful.

    Re: organization as gardening — as someone from the opposite of the neat freak spectrum, I, too, love the idea of nurturing one’s organizational skills in the service of beauty and a more fulfilling life.

  3. Rachel Heslin says:

    Re: 25 manners

    The only one I had a problem with is #6 about keeping your negative opinions to yourself. I agree that you should be polite about receiving gifts and boring assemblies, and you shouldn’t complain just to complain, but having negative opinions is part of life. We use Hunter’s opinions as a way of identifying what specifically he doesn’t like about something (or someone) and that his opinion isn’t necessarily universally shared.

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