Something for the Weekend #8

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Something for the Weekend is a weekly round-up of authenticity-related goodness from the web and IRL.Far better for your emotional well-being than the Sunday papers, SFTW features a selection of the good, the inspirational and the quirky. I hope these links entertain and inspire you as much as they did me. Enjoy!

Authentic Emotions

Fear of failure is something that holds everyone back at one point or another. Some of us (ahem) struggle with this on a weekly basis. This article from Huffington Post offers a few quick but important tips that can help us reground in the moment and 'feel the fear and do it anyway'.Steven Handel from Emotion Machine describes how trying to explain why we like certain subjective things (music, art, food, etc.) can actually reduce our feelings of enjoyment towards those things.

Authentic Lifestyle

Ever wondered why time seems to stop during scary dentist appointments and fast forward during joy-filled vacations? Me too. Maria Popova examines the mind time warp phenomenon in a fascinating post on her site, Brain Pickings.If you've ever tried meditation and wondered what all the fuss is about, you might enjoy Sarah Rudell Beach's 5 Meditation Tips for People Who Don't (Yet) Like to Meditate.

Authentic Working

This fascinating and insightful article from The Atlantic discusses the perils of giving kids IQ tests, but the lessons within can be applied to most work-related situations. In short, the article cites research that shows that any results (negative or positive) from standardised tests, such as IQ tests, can have a major impact on how a person perceives themselves and their worth.

Authentic Relationships

Finally, this TED talk explains how we make the same mistakes with money that we do in love. The video is 18 minutes of entertaining and thought-provoking observations about our approach to these important areas of life.Happy weekend!