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) The New York Times: The Economic Price of Colleges’ Failures, David Leonhardt

Four years ago, the sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa dropped a bomb on American higher education. Their groundbreaking book, “Academically Adrift,” found that many students experience “limited or no learning” in college. Today, they released a follow-up study, tracking the same students for two years after graduation, into the workplace, adult relationships and civic life. The results suggest that recent college graduates who are struggling to start careers are being hamstrung by their lack of learning.

2) The Atlantic: Wine and Exercise: A Promising Combination, James Hamblin

Red and white wines showed equal health benefits in new research—among people who move.

3) Business Week: Most Americans Are Single, and They’re Changing the Economy, Allison Schrager

If you are an American, odds are you’re single. According to a new report from economist Edward Yardeni, more than half of Americans aren’t married, up from 37 percent in 1976. He reckons a nation of singletons will change the structure of the economy because it means fewer parents and homeowners. Whether this is good or bad depends: Single people can be more flexible, which means fewer economic distortions and a more dynamic labor market, but it might make the economy as a whole riskier.

4) Elite Daily: 8 Things People With Thick Skin Don’t Bother Caring About, Paul Hudson

1. Your backwards opinion.
Everyone has an opinion, but those with thick skin don’t really care about everybody else’s. This isn’t to say that they believe only their opinion matters. It does mean, however, that, in the end, their opinion is what matters most.
You have an opportunity to show them evidence and change their opinions, but unless you are able to do so, they simply don’t care what your opinion is – no matter how backwards it is.

5) The Washington Times: Joan Rivers, a rare brand of Republican, Michael Taube

The brash New York-born comedian earned her fame and fortune the hard way

6) LinkedIn: Why Managers Don’t Promote Over-Achievers, S. Slade Sundar

Many hard-working Over-Achievers are frustrated with their lack of career advancement. They work long hours, complete mountains of work, but can’t seem to get promoted. The reason? They need to be High-Performers not Over-Achievers.

7) The Wall Street Journal: 10 Takeaways From Pew Global Economic Survey, From Greek Pessimism to Chinese Jubilance, William Mauldin

The outlook for the sluggish global economy can be described as “blah,” but don’t tell that to a bipolar roster of nations with views on their own economies ranging from abject pessimism (think Greece) to an almost religious reverence (China).

8) Thought Catalog: 20 Things People Who Have Climbed From Rock Bottom Will Understand, Valerie Frankel

I’ve always felt that the ever-quoted Maya Angelou said it best: ‘You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.’

9) The Mind Unleashed: 11 Reasons Dehydration Is Making You Sick And Fat

Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue, and even headaches. We need water as much as the air we breathe in! Keeping your body hydrated is not a joke.

10) The Washington Post: What’s the optimal number of times to run for president? Two. Or four., Philip Bump

It’s fun to talk about the prospect of Mitt Romney running for president again, for a variety of reasons. We will grant our colleague Aaron Blake’s assertion that Romney isn’t actually popular enough to win in 2016, at least at this point. But the idea of Romney making a third consecutive run piqued our interest. How’s that worked out in the past?

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