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3 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You3 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You

Mark Manson

An unfortunate side effect of our consciousness residing in our brains is that everything we experience in our lives involves us somehow. The car in traffic today cut you off. The cable news show you saw last night pissed you off. Your company’s massive growth this year gave you more money.

As a result, we tend to have an inherent bias towards assuming that pretty much everything that happens to us is actually about us.

But here’s a newsflash: Just because you experience something, just because something causes you to feel a certain way, just because you care about something, doesn’t mean it’s about you.

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Your Recovery Obsession Is Slowing You Down

Your Recovery Obsession Is Slowing You Down

Outside  |  Erin Beresini

Recovery is not needed after every session and we should always think about what the athlete is recovering from as well as what their next session is,” says writes Shona Halson, the Australian Institute of Sport’s Head of Recovery. “Some fatigue and soreness is obviously okay at certain times in the training program, but when competition or high quality training sessions are required, an increased focus on recovery is needed.

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The Best Books of 2016

The Best Books of 2016

Farnam Street Blog

On Twitter in late November we asked Farnam Street readers What Was The Best Book You Read in 2016?

Turns out you are all a well read bunch: almost 90 books came up in the discussion and many of them brand new to us.

Below are the most frequently mentioned books on the list, followed by a few dozen other non-fiction and fiction titles you recommended (in alphabetical order by author), with a focus on books that should be new to many readers and well worth exploring.

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Carbs During Workouts May Fend Off Colds

Carbs During Workouts May Fend Off Colds

The New York Times  |  Gretchen Reynolds

Until recently, many scientists believed that exercise reduces the body’s ability to fight off infections. Past studies had found, for example, that after workouts, especially strenuous ones, people had fewer infection-fighting white blood cells in their bloodstreams than before working out, suggesting that their immune response had been weakened.

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