Of all of the smart and creative blog posts I read this week, these are the links to the ones I thought you shouldn’t miss!
Quote of the Week
“We reject what we cannot understand. We nurture grudges. We highlight small differences. It is essential for us to see that each point of human contact can be an act of love, an opportunity to stoke a fire. A chance to shrug off those temptingly warm blankets of suspicion and frustration that seem to cling so easily to us during the course of our static electric days. We can find the small moments of openness, of vulnerability, of humility in any interaction. We can capitalize on moments of extension, of conversations and connections that feel authentic at a gut level.”
This Week’s Favorite
SF Girl By Bay shares: “julie and ibrahima’s story began in 2000 when they met working with the peace corps in mauritania, and fell in love communicating in french and pulaar (the fulani language). inspired by other cultures and places they’ve been, from paris to algeria and beyond, they’ve created a new business together — petel, in san francisco.” @sfgirlbybay has the whole story and lots of lovely images of what these people make.
Mental Health and The Brain
“New research highlights a memory strategy that may help people who suffer from depression in recalling positive day-to-day experiences,” explains @psychscience
The Surprising Power of an Emotional Memory Palace. Via @psyblog
5 Reasons to Focus on Flow. By @BridgetGC for Positive Psychology News Daily
Research: 5 Major Mental Disorders (autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia) share genetic roots. Via @nimhgov
The Autistic Child: More Than Meets The Eye. Via @brainblogger
Why are some people disgusted by horsemeat? Psychological research via APS
People and Relationships
How Bad Relationships Can Damage Immune Systems and Make Us Sick! Via @mailonline
Language Considerations in Counseling when Working with Bicultural Couples via @counselingviews
Studies in Chaos and Order. @wrayherbert of HuffPo explains that the researcher “wondered if perhaps environmental order and disorder are both functional, activating different, but equally valuable, mindsets. Maybe what we disparage as messiness — maybe this physical state contributes to a varied world, and perhaps it’s variety that’s most important in shaping human thinking and action.”
Travel and Places
@creativejmom shared so many beautiful photos of the almond trees flowering in Northern Israel
Lucy over at Attic 24 did a terrific post about Whitby in Winter with lots of beautiful photos and great info
Wood and Wool Stool shared lots of great photos from Paris, France this week
Interesting addition proposed for Guggenheim Museum, could be controversial, via @weburb
Art, Design, Creativity
“Mysterious flights of stairs float in mid-air or form elevated outdoor walkways in this series of installations by artists Lang/Baumann,” explains @dezeen
Paper Collage Art by Dilcia Giron; she has shared tons of great images lately featuring transformations of the head and face – worth checking out!
@NotebookfromHom did a guest post for @whipup reviewing Felted Feathered Friends: Techniques and Projects for Needle-felted Birdsby Laurie Sharp
Xpression, a phone app that will monitor depressed individuals and call their doctors if needed
Other Smart Stuff
“The Economist has a short but fascinating piece on the work of physicist Chaoming Song who creates mathematical models to predict your future location based on your mobile phone and online activity. His accuracy rarely drops below 80%.” Via @mindhacksblog
Happy Weekend and Happy Reading. Link love is featured here every Saturday so come back next week for more!