The Best of the Web

This week we’ve decided to source stories of a more feel-good and somewhat constructive nature; after all if your day-to-day involves gadding about the big city like us the lethargy will inevitably set in. So, here’s a few things we found floating on the web about why positive thinking shouldn’t feel like a burden, controlled breathing to relax, getting outdoors and a rather sweet ad titled ‘You may want to marry my husband.’ 

Quartz: “Positive thinking” has turned happiness into a duty and a burden

It’s okay not be happy all the time according to Danish psychologist Svend Brinkmann. In a world where we are forced to look at life through rosy-spectacles it can be a burden to not ‘feel them feels’. Brinkmann argues self-help books and the workplace demand us to be constantly happy, yet there are positive benefits from feeling negative emotions. Brinkmann says, “Life is wonderful from time to time, but it’s also tragic. People die in our lives, we lose them, if we have only been accustomed to being allowed to have positive thoughts, then these realities can strike us even more intensely when they happen—and they will happen.”

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The New York Times: Breathe. Exhale. Repeat. The benefits of controlled breathing

Controlled breathing dates back to ancient times when yogis taught particular breathing techniques. The benefits of controlled breathing are linked to reducing stress, anxiety and depression — who would have thought something as simple as breathing could promote healing. Slow and controlled breathing activates the parasympathetic response which slows heart rate and digestion. The article includes three simple breathing exercises — coherent breathing, stress relief breathing, and energising HA breathing — so if you’re looking for some light and easy stress relief look no further.

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The Guardian: Want to feel magic? Ditch Netflix, dump the phone – and get outside

This article isn’t promoting the ‘get outside’ which includes going for a run or trekking up the foothills of a mountain. This is literally about going outside (wherever it may be) and enjoying the built-up urban jungle, from the electricity poles to the gritty corners of streets. John Stilgoe, a Harvard academic, published the book Outside Lies Magic, where he tells us to embrace the everyday outside, the ugly outside, the outside we escape to get inside. We are indeed in an age where enjoying the outdoors is often paired with schedules for marathons or obligations of one or another. Going outside needn’t have a point according to this article.

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The New York Times: You may want to marry my husband

If there’s one thing you read on this list it should be this article or advert. Children’s writer Amy Krouse Rosenthal pens a beautiful ad hoping to find a potential new love for her husband. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and in the last days of her illness decided to write about her husband Jason highlighting all his wonderful qualities in the hope that he will find love after her death. It’s undeniably sad, but an equally beautiful piece about loving someone and building a life with someone. We really can’t do it justice so…

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