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πŸ‘“ Stuff #145 - joy, not dopamine

I look at the important difference between joy and dopamine as well as the benefits of micro-habits. I found the 50 best book covers of 2022 and an excellent explanation of how the best camera shots are made.
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πŸ‘“ Stuff #145 - joy, not dopamine

Last week the most clicked link on Stuff was about mastering the soft skill of Problem Solving, I hope you found that useful!

It was also great to welcome some of you to my 2023 Highs playlist, with something new and interesting to listen to every day.

This week I've been (unsurprisingly) enjoying the new and impressive Threads app from Meta, you can find me by clicking here. Β It seems to be a strong alternative to Twitter, and I'm excited to see how Threads develops.

Thanks for being here on our joint journey of curiosity, and the new subscribers, hey!

Till next Monday, enjoy...


πŸ‘“ The Big Stuff - find joy, not dopamine...

I saw a lot of references this week to the dopamine hits that people were finding through a new social network, and I made a conscious effort to try not to get sucked into that cycle.

Instead, before I wrote this, I made a note of all the things that bought me joy this week. Β Live music in Dublin, Β lunch with my wife in the sun, Β an ice-cream, some excellent music, a photograph I took and a walk to a local pub for an evening drink were all much better than social network dopamine.

Writing this newsletter is a weekly source of joy, from creativity.

It turns out that there is science behind this, joy has a positive physiological effect that can boost your immune system and support longevity. Β  Science also shows that embracing community and relationships keep us happy, healthy, and may help us live longer.

Tony Robbins suggests these 9 ways to find joy in everyday life, Β and here are 28 more ways. Β  The excellent Career Contessa suggests ten ways to find joy at work. i particularly like the values exercise at #1. Β 

For me, the simplest way to ensure I recognise joy is to take the time to notice it around me.

The simple act of making a list of what bought me joy, has generated more benefits than an extra like or follow on a social network. Β 

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Monday Motivation: Let this week be the one where you kick start a new purpose driven meditation practice. This free 10 day guide is a very good start. 

🧠 The Other Stuff

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Journal Prompt of the week: How have your relationships changed over the last five years? (Want more? Try here)

🌞 The Little Stuff

πŸ₯… Setting Goals: 5 Proven Tips for Achieving Personal and Career Success
Setting and achieving goals is a critical component of personal and career success and development. I’ve pulled together five proven tips, and a useful free tool to help define and track your goals.

🎧 Aural Stuff

On the Stuff Speakers this week...

🎧 This weeks music treat is from Scottish based songwriter Neil Scott Pennycook, under the guise Meursault, and is the follow up to 2019 album, Crow Hill.

Self-titled Meursault, this is a delicate and heartfelt collection of songs, mainly based on piano, strings and guitar and focusing on the challenges of the creative endeavour. Β  It's a short, 8 track album - but packs a huge journey inside.

I'm a huge Meursault fan, and I instantly loved this album - its highly recommended.

Side note - one of the best gigs I've ever been to: Β Meursault in St Johns Church, Bethnal Green, London.

Journal Prompts - Relationships
Finding time for introspection and reflection is a vital tool for growth, here are fifty journal prompts to support your relationships.

πŸ‘‚πŸΌ Stuff Someone Said

β€œEvil people do not believe they are evil, they believe everyone else is evil.”

David Foster Wallace

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