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Tech Productivity

Issue #24  (What Stress Does to the Brain) 07/29/19

One of the links featured in this week's issue is based on something extremely rare: A study that's been going on for more than 80 years. I honestly have never heard of any kind of medical or social study being done for that length of time.

The article linked is below, but here are a few pertinent quotes (and a portion of the chart data):

"[The accompanying chart] shows that in almost all countries people who often spend time with their friends report to be happier than those who spend less time with friends."

Study Data on Happiness

"There is a large academic literature in medicine and psychology that shows individuals who report feelings of loneliness are more likely to have health problems later in life."

The article also discusses a more recent, separate study, which concludes:

"[T]hose who reported socially-engaged strategies (e.g. 'I plan to spend more time with friends and family') often reported improvements in life satisfaction one year later; while those who described other non-social active pursuits (e.g. 'I plan to find a better job') did not report increased life satisfaction."

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

Minimal Twitter - Chrome, Firefox, and Safari extension. Minimal Theme for the new Twitter UI that aims to drastically simplify and declutter the new UI.

LaunchPropeller - Service to help you to launch your project. Includes feedback, review videos, and they will post your project to over 40 important websites.

Soulver - Mac app. A smart notepad with a built-in calculator. It gives instant answers to any calculations it finds in your text.

Mattermost - A flexible, open source messaging platform that enables secure team collaboration.

Bvckup 2 - Light and versatile software for professional data replication. Select a pair of folders and it will make sure one stays an exact copy of the other.

Articles & Resources

What stress does to the brain - A new study from researchers at ETH Zurich sheds light on how the brain changes as a result of chronic stress.

No CS Degree - Inspiring interviews with successful self-taught and bootcamp developers.

Are we happier when we spend more time with others? - Based on a study that began in 1938 (!), which concludes that social connections are one of the most important factors for people’s happiness and health.

Why Being Bored Is Good - A somewhat philosophical look at the state of being "bored" and what it means.

Teaching Tech Together - Online book to show you how to be a more effective teacher in the tech industry.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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