The Case Against Kids
After a history lesson from the 1800s about a pamphlet promoting contraceptive methods this article goes into the reasons people give for having kids and why those reasons aren't fair or true. A controversial subject but an interesting read.
But when we set the size of our families, we are, each in our own small way, determining how the world of the future will look. And we’re doing this not just for ourselves and our own children; we’re doing it for everyone else’s children, too.
Do You Make These Mistakes at Work?
A short set of rules to stop shooting yourself in the foot at work if you want to get ahead.
- Be consistent. It's better to deliver on your promises each time than to over-deliver on them sometimes and not deliver on them other times.
- Be emotionally mature. Don't take things personally, don't be a martyr, take responsibility for your actions, stick with something until it's finished, and bear injustice without having to get even.
- Don't waste your energy on being negative. Work around your setbacks and obstacles and move forward.
- Be patient. Put in the time and make sacrifices necessary to grow.
Why You Shouldn’t Use, Gramerly
Although I don't use Grammarly, this article is a great insight into why you should not not use it.
What if there were 1 trillion more trees?
During their lifetime, trees act as carbon vaults. However, when a tree dies and decays, some of its carbon will be released back into the air, with a significant amount of carbon dioxide is stored in the soil where it can remain for thousands of year. Eventually that carbon also seeps back into the atmosphere.
So if trees are going to help combat climate change they need to survive for the longest period possible while reproducing quickly.
A study determined that the earth can support nearly 1 billion hectares of additional forest. That's nearly 1.2 trillion trees. These restored ecosystems can capture anywhere from 100-200 billion tons of carbon, accounting for about 1/6th of humanities carbon emissions. But some researchers worry that restoring forests at this scale can have unintended consequences like producing natural bio-chemicals at a pace that can actually accelerate climate change.
Why Beautiful Things Make us Happy – Beauty Explained
It is believed that our sense of beauty stems from pattern recognition. It seems our instinct for beauty is deeply hardwired into us.
Experiments have shown that looking at vast dull facades makes us feel bored and uncomfortable. Over the decades, studies have shown that surroundings that are aesthetically pleasing to us can improve our wellbeing, behaviour, cognitive function, and mood.