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July 8, 2022

Weekend reads: How to be a little less judgmental

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    Five drawbacks to following your passion, the quest to make the most of our body clocks, and more.

    Lex Ashcroft’s reads

    The quest to make the most of our body clocks. The passing of the Senate’s Sunshine Protection Act has brought the U.S. one step closer to permanent daylight savings time. Many people suffer negative effects to their moods, sleep habits, and overall health when their circadian rhythm is dysregulated. Neural function, metabolism, and even chronic conditions such as hypertension can also be affected by the body’s biological clock systems. Writing for The New York Times, Kim Tingley offers an in depth look at the developments of circadian medicine and outlines the current changes experts are advocating for.

    5 drawbacks to following your passion. ‘Follow your passion’ and ‘do what you love’ are popular pieces of advice given to people in varying phases of life: high schoolers, those entering or reentering the workforce, and anyone looking to make a career change. What’s often missing from the conversation is the flip side of making major decisions based on such advice, or the dangers of following “ the passion principle”. Writing for The Conversation, Erin Cech breaks down five major pitfalls of this principle and offers suggestions on how to avoid them.

    Allie Rudin's reads

    Minnesota lawmakers vote to legalize cannabis edibles (some apparently accidentally). Last Friday, a new law went into effect in Minnesota allowing the sale of edibles containing amounts of THC, the high-producing component in cannabis. The legislation passed the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate and was signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz (D). However, as Bryan Pietsch writes for The Washington Post, it was somewhat of a surprise that a bill allowing recreational cannabis use was approved by a majority-Republican legislative body. The explanation? At least for one lawmaker, it was an accident. State Sen. Jim Abeler (R) admitted that he didn't realize exactly what he was legalizing. Meanwhile, Sen. Michelle Benson (R) "dodged repeated questions of whether she herself understood the law would legalize THC edibles. "

    How to be a little less judgmental. Although judgement is human experience that emerged as an evolutionary advantage to keep us safe and reinforce social norms, today is rife with opportunities to cast criticism on everything from social media posts to perceived coronavirus precaution adherence. This can quickly turn toxic and drive division anonymously online or in interpersonal relationships. Writing for Vox's "Even Better," Allie Volpe seeks advice from psychologists studying judgement and decision making to provide a guide for those looking to curb their judgmental impulses and practice greater empathy towards others.


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