"I am not important. If I take a break, no one dies." - The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell 
The five:
  1. Gotta’ love those moments when older people offer advice for younger folks — this time, it’s all about the workplace. Speaking of the workplace, there comes a point when a company can have too many managers and too little administrative staff. While we’re on the topic of work, let’s talk about the gym … and gym selfies. If you’re thinking about taking a gym selfie … here’s why you may want to think twice. Back to work: Here’s how to gain power at work when you have none, and here’s the secret to retaining a new skill.  
  2. Yet another piece to show that having a daily writing habit can improve your life. Also, here’s a college where every student has free tuition and every student gets a job. Meanwhile, at the financial aid call center for U. Mass. Amherst… 💰This is the worst job in American politics, also, why is behavioral economics so popular💰?  
  3. The 'Millennials kill everything' narrative continues💰, this time the victim is American cheese. While we’re on the topic of dead things, did you know people are starting to move back to Chernobyl? Here’s their story. Also, do you know how to climb your own family tree. . 
  4. Want to fight with your partner? Make sure you schedule it. Also, here’s why you should stop caring what other people think (it doesn’t look like Yuki Kawauchi does, and he’s a Boston Marathon winner💰). Self-love has gotten out of control, apparently. Also, if physiognomy has been debunked, why do we still do it?  
  5. Here’s the case for why futurism has a cultural blindspot and here’s when gamification can go wrong. There’s also a new font to help you remember what you read, and here’s what to do when your shiny, new job isn’t the right fit. Also, this is why being a theater major pays off every day all day after you graduate.  

💰 = Paywall, though please do consider paying to read what people write. Writers like to eat too. (Apologies if I miss one…) 

How to say 'thank you' 🙏
Last week, I wrote about envy and my envy of those who are able to create more, let’s say, polished newsletters than my own. Eventually, I started seeing replies in my inbox. They were from people I had met before and people I had never met. Every message was both encouraging and full of gratitude. There were stories of people who were experiencing their own bouts of envy and messages of gratitude from individuals who were grateful for what I shared on my little corner of the internet.  

Every single message brought me joy, encouragement, and a sense that I was on the right track for whatever might come next.  

Thank you.  

To everyone who wrote to me, thank you so very much. This newsletter is nothing without the people who read it, and it’s well beyond my capacity to say how grateful I am to be heard. Being heard and seen by others is not a right; it’s one of life’s greatest privileges.  

With that said, let’s go back to that ‘thank you’ — not everyone finds it easy to say ‘thank you’. Many people struggle when it comes to acknowledging someone else’s positive acknowledgement of them or their work. Amy Schumer has a skit that highlights how difficult it is for women, in particular, to take compliments. The skit is somewhat graphic towards the end, so consider yourself warned.  

There are many reasons people struggle to say ‘thank you’. They may find compliments embarrassing, or they may not be used to social interaction. But saying ‘thank you’ is so important. It can seem simple — one of those lessons that were drilled into us as children — but it’s incredibly important. To say ‘thank you’ is to acknowledge the other person’s value and how much you value their time and attention. It also reflects the positivity of their compliment back to them. It’s karma going full circle.  

Ultimately, saying ‘thank you’ takes a bit of empathy and kindness — both of which I can always practice more. So, thank you, everyone, for reading today, and I look forward to sharing more next week. 
Thank you a million times...
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