Bring Home the Bacon Without Making Donuts

Quote of the week:

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

-Steve Jobs


Bringing Home the Bacon:

I was talking with my girlfriend the other night and she said she was getting up the next morning to “make donuts.” I said, “what do you mean? You’re going to try to cook donuts tomorrow?” As it turned out making donuts is an old saying that means you’re getting up and doing the same boring job over and over again. It apparently comes from an old Dunkin’ Donuts commercial.

We then starting talking about the common phrase “bringing home the bacon,” which obviously means making money. What we decided then was that one of the keys to life is actually to bring home the bacon without making donuts.

So, here’s an article on how to turn your work into a “calling”. Here’s some research on how to set and achieve your goals. So bring home the bacon this week, but don’t make doughnuts… Also, don’t literally bring home bacon because processed meat is bad for you!


Health news highlights from the past week:

Here’re the top health news from the past week to make sure you’re up to date:

  • Owning a cat is linked with schizophrenia: A study found that cats carry a parasite called Toxoplama gondii, which can be passed to humans. The researchers found that owning a cat in childhood is significantly associated with the development of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. If you’re not ready to get rid of your cat, the lead researcher said “children can be protected by keeping their cat exclusively indoors and always covering the sandbox when not in use.”
  • General anesthesia given to children is linked to lower IQs: Here’s another study to give parents anxiety. Children given general anesthesia before the age of 4 had lower IQs, less gray matter in their brains and poorer language comprehension.
  • 50 hospitals charge the uninsured more than 10x the cost of care: The Washington Post found that 50 hospitals charge uninsured patients more than 10x the cost of care. 20 of them are in the state of Florida. That lack of an income tax isn’t looking as good now.

  • You need 7 or more hours of sleep a night: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine released recommendations following a 12 month review by 15 experts. They said: “our Consensus Panel found that sleeping six or fewer hours per night is inadequate to sustain health and safety in adults, and agreed that seven or more hours of sleep per night is recommended for all healthy adults.”
  • A low glycemic diet reduced autism symptoms in mice: The brains of mice that were fed a low glycemic diet had less inflammation. The mice fed a high glycemic diet had less social interaction, more repetitive behavior and groomed extensively. It remains to be seen whether these results will also hold in humans.
  • How you respond to minor stressors can greatly influence your health: A new study found that people who are able to maintain cheerfulness or calm in response to minor stressors have lower inflammation levels. “A person’s frequency of stress may be less related to inflammation than responses to stress. It is how a person reacts to stress that is important.”
  • A Mediterranean diet can reduce pregnancy risks: Eating a Mediterranean diet in the years before become pregnant can reduce your pregnancy risks. “Young women who followed a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, tofu, rice, pasta, rye bread, red wine and fish before pregnancy had a 42 percent lower risk of developing gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia.”
  • Cranberry juice improves a number of health markers: A study found that those who drank low-calorie cranberry juice had lower triglyceride levels, less inflammation, lower insulin resistance and lower diastolic blood pressure,
  • A study found that 55 disease correlate to your birth month: May birthdays have the lowest disease risk, but watch out if you’re born in October!

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