AllSwell Reads: November

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What a month it’s been. Ready for some new (non-political) news and ideas? We’ve rounded up our November list of favorite online finds for your cold weather enjoyment. Topics include iPhone separation anxiety, a modern guide to hibernation, the catharsis of cookies and more. Hopefully this list will inspire you to bundle up, grab an AllSwell Notebook and put #pentopaper to realign your creative flow in the Winter months ahead.

Feeling Down? Scientists Say Cooking and Baking Could Help You Feel Better, Smithsonian Mag

Creativity is the cure. No, seriously. According to a new study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, those who frequently work on small, creative and craft-driven projects feel happier and more relaxed in their day-to-day lives. So, put #pentopaper or…bake some cookies this Holiday season. Your demeanor depends on it. Read on above.

Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips, Harvard

In the internet-era everything is at our fingertips. Remember having to remember things? The instant access of Google-ability is rewiring our memory to think and act differently than ever before. How? Why? Click on above.

How You Can Benefit From the Cold Darkness of Winter, Mind Body Green

It’s that time of year again. Daylight hours are fading away and our natural inclination to be still is in full force. Instead of counteracting our Winter-time instincts to be still with holiday festivities and loads of caffeine it may be time to listen to our body clocks. So, bundle up, get cozy and feed your creativity. More on that above.  

Moon Man: Tomi Ungerer’s Timeless Vintage Illustrated Fable of How Fear and Cynicism Blind Us to Benevolence, Brain Pickings

Just a few days ago the positive, open-minded energy of Sagittarius entered the lunar cycle. Though we’ve faced our fair share of shifts this month, it’s important to stay positive and keep pivoting toward a better future. Through author Tomi Ungerer’s Moon Man - a fable of fear and cynicism - we’re reminded that those ideals often dim goodness. Turn toward the light above.

iPhone Separation Linked to Physiological Anxiety, Poor Cognitive Performance, MU Study Finds, University of Missouri

You read that correctly. We often advocate for taking a step back from technology and there’s even more evidence to support our case. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri shows that cell phone separation anxiety is a thing. Need specifics? Find out above. We see a self-help group in the making.

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