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Are stress and time-crunched days resulting in the more-than-occasional cold pizza breakfast or bowl of cereal dinner? Perhaps it’s time to freshen up your diet. In the GOOD Guide to Healthy Living & Eating, we outline all kinds of healthy and delicious ways to make sure you’ll get more nourishing meals in your life.

Because half the battle is just getting the good stuff on your plate, learn how to find (and afford) the most delectable fruits and veggies at the farmers’ market, keep them fresher for longer, and then get ideas for stretching one tasty, nutrient-packed ingredient into five different dishes. And, because most of us are parked on our caboose in front of a computer for hours a day, we even have the stretches and snacks that will allow you to extend your newly found healthy habits right on into your office.

Illustrations by Matt Chase

psychotherapy:

“To begin with, one needs to understand but I think the final project is to relieve oneself of the need for self-knowledge. It’s not that it’s useless – in some areas of life it’s very useful – but there are lots of areas in which it isn’t, and in some areas it’s actually pre-emptive and defensive, and this is where psychoanalysis potentially fails people, by assuming there is an infinite project and that the best thing you can do in life is to know yourself. Well, I don’t think that’s true.”

– Adam Phillips, a psychoanalyst, on psychoanalysis

fastcompany:

3 SOCIAL MEDIA LESSONS FROM YOUNG ADULTS AND THE AUTHORS WHO SPEAK TO THEM

Best-selling YA authors John Green and Meg Cabot discuss lessons from interacting with the most intense social media users—the youngs.

BE AUTHENTIC

t’s a cliché that teenagers can sniff a fake a mile away (paging Holden Caulfield), but both Green and Cabot say that if you don’t enjoy posting, it will show. “Teens are very media savvy,” Cabot says in a phone call from her home in Florida. “They can tell if you just show up to promote your book. That’s kind of phony.” 

THE COMMENT SECTION CAN BE A PLACE FOR GOOD, NOT EVIL

Though most people think of online comments as a scourge of the universe where Godwin’s law is proven on an hourly basis, but for YA authors, they’re a big part of connecting with fans on a more intimate level. “While YouTube comments get a bad rap, I’ve found it to be an excellent place to have meaningful conversations on everything from the Oxford comma to Indus Valley history,” Green writes.

TAKE READERS SERIOUSLY, BUT DRAW BOUNDARIES

Teenagers connect more deeply with the objects of their fandom than adults tend to—they’re at an emotional, somewhat volatile time in their lives and they feel their love and hate intensely. But this fierceness of feeling is why it’s important for YA authors to draw firm boundaries with readers. Cabot says she’s gotten a lot of requests from readers to help them with their homework. “It’s a report and it’s due tomorrow, and they want you to help them figure out the theme of your book, and if you won’t, they get a little angry,” Cabot explains. With entitled readers like this, you’ve got to draw the line when you’re a living author. 

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Here’s Why Meetings Never Accomplish Anything- And 3 Ways To Fix Them

Don’t let loudmouths hold too much sway.

Why: Echoing Quiet author Susan Cain’s point that the loudest people don’t have the best ideas and can, in fact, hamstring the ideas generation process.

“Vocal, overconfident team members have a disproportionate influence while shy contributors lose faith in their own proposals,”

Solution: Make sure everyone involved notes their ideas and prediction before the discussion—and influencing—begins.

Inject a little pessimism.

Why: “…downfall is often caused by project groups growing isolated and inward-looking, a symptom of the “unrealistic optimism that often bedevils creative teams.”“

Solution: “…air out reservations with a “pre-mortem,” a thought experiment where members forecast that their project fell apart in the future—and then backtrack to the present to find out why.”

Watch the clock.

f you’re having meetings, research suggests that you need them to be crisp. Jarrett notes a 2011 study that found that 367 American employees across industries didn’t care so much about how long a meeting lasted, but whether it started and ended on time.

And when in a week should you have a meeting? According to a 2009 analysis by scheduling service When Is Good, people’s flexibility peaks at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.

[Image: Flickr user Patrick Hoesly]