10×10 Weekly Digest

Welcome to Crystal’s 10×10 Weekly Digest. Inspired by a close friend to spread knowledge and to spark conversations, 10×10 is a weekly email I send out containing 10 articles for 10 friends (the number of friends being more of a guideline than a steadfast rule). My hope is that more of you will start creating your own 10x10s and we can all be a part of this wonderful information-sharing force and make the world a more educated, multi-perspective place. Happy reading!

(Note: The 10x10s I post on my blog are from the previous week’s email to maintain a certain degree of “special-ness” to those I email the digest to directly.)

1) Fast Company: See How Much Hotter Your City Is Than Anywhere Else, Just Because It’s A City, Jessica Leber

The urban heat island effect makes cities extra hot-and some cities are more extra hot than others.

2) The Economist: The three types of unemployment, C.W.

During the recent downturn, the unemployment rate in America jumped from 4.4% to 10%. Economic growth has since pepped up. But unemployment is nowhere near pre-crisis lows: America’s rate, at 6.2%, is still 40% higher than late 2006. Economists are raising the spectre of “structural” unemployment to explain this puzzle. What is it?

3) The New York Times: The Most Productive People Know Who To Ignore, Gretchen Reynolds

In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.

4) Thought Catalog: What Ur Emojis Say About U, Cereal Monk

I don’t always have the right word for things. Actually, I rarely have the right word for things. Sometimes though, there are no words for things. But thankfully, the universe recognizes this problem.

5) Forbes: The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day, Glenn Llopis

Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time.

6) The Atlantic: There’s More to Life Than Facial Symmetry, Olga Khazan

A new study finds that possessing a balanced appearance has nothing to do with health, so we can all stop obsessing already.

7) The New York Times: Where We Went, State by State, Robert Gebeloff & Kevin Quealy

Last week, we showed you how domestic migration played out over the last 112 years in 51 charts. The reader response was strong, but many wanted the other side of the picture.

8) Self: Did Someone Say “Boozy Slushies”? Four Ways, Right Here., Paige Depaolis

Well, you’re about to go nuts over these totally delicious boozy slushies. They’re basically snow cones for adults that are a total childhood throwback AND impossible to mess up.

9) Psychology Today: Five Ways Writing Can Make You Braver and Happier, Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

“You wouldn’t believe how much joy and courage people find when they write about what really matters to them,” my friend Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg told me.

10) LinkedIn: Reference checks are pretty much a waste of time, Karolina M.

Before I get yelled at, note that I said “pretty much”. There are occasions when detailed references are necessary. If you’re hiring someone to perform surgery, do police work, run a university, take care of children etc., due diligence should be done to the absolute fullest extent. For the average job however, I would argue that reference checks are not particularly useful.

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