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 Boston Globe: Presidential history on coffee, Matt Viser

For about as long as we’ve had presidents, we’ve had coffee in the White House. From John Adams drinking coffee to be more patriotic (with that Boston Tea Party and all) to Dwight Eisenhower spending D-Day “drinking endless cups of coffee” to John F. Kennedy’s using “Coffee with the Kennedys” to help win his US Senate seat in Massachusetts, the brew has been an important part of politics. Here’s a look at some notable presidents over the years, and their different coffee-drinking habits.

2) Business Insider: 7 Traits Of Extremely Charismatic Leaders, Jayson Demers

Whether you’re in charge of a multinational corporation or you’re the founder of a small startup business, being a CEO is stressful. You’re the final decision maker and cultural figurehead of your entire enterprise, responsible not only for securing the future profitability and existence of the company but also the respect and satisfaction of your employees.

3) The Atlantic: How to Not Try, James Hamblin

Trying hasn’t gone out of style. It was never in style. Cool is in style, and cool means moving through the world at once effortlessly and effectively.

4) BuzzFeed: 21 Hospital Foods From Around The World, Ailbhe Malone

Travel the world, through your lunch tray.

5) The Economist: Goldilocks nationalism

The size and homogeneity of a country’s population has a big bearing on its economic policies

6) TED Talks: The paradox of choice, Barry Schwartz

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

7) The New York Times: Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work? Usually Not, Austin Frakt and Aaron E. Carroll

Most news coverage of the new Kaiser Family Foundation annual survey on employer-sponsored health plans has focused on the fact that growth in premiums in 2013 was as low as it has ever been in the 16 years of the survey. But buried in the details of the report are some interesting insights into how employers think about controlling health care costs. One example is that they’re very fond of workplace wellness programs. This is surprising, because while such programs sound great, research shows they rarely work as advertised.

8) Inc.: You Can Train Yourself to Have More Grit, Jessica Stillman

What’s the most important ingredient for success in life? Talent helps, of course, as do intelligence and happy circumstances. But according to recent, much discussed research by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth and others, when it comes to accomplishing great things, one factor reigns supreme–grit.

9) Food and Wine: 7 things you didn’t know you could waffle, Dan Shumski

Poor waffle irons tend to get tucked away in the backs of dark cupboards six days a week, only allowed out for Sunday brunch. It’s because the masses scoff at them as single-use appliances. Well, stop scoffing. Waffle irons are capable of much, much more than just waffles. We’re talking steak, potatoes, pizza and beyond. In fact, what I found was that once we ask the question “Will it waffle?”, the answers are practically limitless. Take a look.

10) Facebook: Timeline photo from Humans of New York

“I think the great fear of every Tibetan is that our story will die out. It’s been over fifty years now since Tibet lost its independence. Our monasteries have been destroyed. The Chinese language curriculum is being mandated in our schools. More and more Han Chinese are moving into Tibet– building homes, building malls. I think now we are all starting to think that the Chinese are too powerful and that the dream of returning home is fading away. I think our mistake was that we didn’t keep up with the world. We held on to the monastic tradition too tightly. We didn’t embrace modern education, and so we weren’t connected with the outside world. Because of that, we lost our freedom silently. I think our challenge now is to educate our children in a modern way, so hopefully they will be better at sharing our story.”

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