“A growing body of research shows that when you share a laugh with someone, you’re mirroring not only one another’s body language, but also the hormonal and neuronal activity, prompting a mutual investment in each other’s well-being. That’s a bond of kindness–and you’ll need acts of kindness to make it in any career.”
Bruce Fieler’s New York Times article about the importance of family narratives is fascinating. Apparently understanding where our families come from and the good and bad times they've had is the “best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness.”
Evidently, it’s not just the knowledge, but also the process by which these things came to be known - repeated family conversations at meal times, for example. Apparently that shared knowledge creates an “intergenerational self,” a belief that creates resilience from the knowledge that we are part of something that started long before.
"While we often assume that people become powerful because of their superior thinking skills, research shows that the relationship flows in the other direction as well: power changes the way a person thinks, making them better at focusing on relevant information, integrating disparate pieces of knowledge, and identifying hidden patterns than people who are powerless."
Sarah Regan has created Little Flowers, offering just one bunch of amazing flowers fresh from the markets each day for just $25, including delivery. Each day the bunch on offer is posted on the website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and usually sells out within hours. Lovely.