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September 16, 2022

Weekend reads: 11 ancient solutions for modern malaise

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    Whether Thanksgiving be as bad as summer for travel, how to know if you're experiencing "crisis fatigue," and more.

    Lex Ashcroft’s reads

    Will Thanksgiving be as bad as summer for travel? While experts are predicting a return to 2019 levels of holiday travel, many fliers are wary of a repeat of issues experienced in the summer: high fares, lots of cancellations, and staffing related issues. Writing for The Washington Post, Christopher Elliott offers tips to make upcoming travel less of a pain on you and your wallet, including: avoiding travel the weekends before and after the holiday, choosing low demand destinations, and letting go of the idea of finding a "last minute deal."

    11 ancient solutions for modern malaise. The lifelong pursuit of happiness and fulfillment is universal. Although the circumstances look different today, the struggle to practice thoughts and actions that promote wellness remains just as challenging as it did thousands of years ago. After experiencing severe health problems, Roman philosopher Lucius Seneca wrote an essay of advice on what a person must do to keep calmness in even the most difficult of times. Writing for The Atlantic, Arthur C. Brooks details the 11 most important lessons Seneca believed one must follow to maintain peace in life.

    Allie Rudin's reads

    Are you experiencing 'crisis fatigue'? For most Americans, the war in Ukraine has faded from our news coverage and our attention since the invasion started in February—despite the devastating violence continuing. According to ethics researcher Rebecca Rozelle-Stone, this is just one recent example of the phenomenon experts call "crisis fatigue," in which people are inclined to eventually turn our attention away from the latest mass shooting, climate disaster, or global conflict. Writing for The Conversation, Rozelle-Stone explores why and how "tragedy becomes banal" in a world of constant information access and provides advice for news consumers and journalists to combat this fatigue.

    See the crater where NASA's rover might point us to find life on Mars. A long time ago on a planet far, far away… life may have thrived in a salty lake that has since become a crater full of very important rocks to scientists seeking evidence of ancient Martian microbes. NASA's Perseverance rover has collected two sedimentary rock samples containing organic molecules, and the samples are scheduled to land on Earth for further study in 2033. As Kenneth Chang explains for the New York Times, the information scientists learn from the "potential biosignatures" in these rocks could unlock the secrets of a microscopic world on Mars.

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