Do You Worry About The Wrong Things? 🥵
A companion newsletter to Not Another Diet
My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.
Michel de Montaigne
We are a worried species. It’s an evolutionary adaptation that no longer serves us, but we persist in practicing it nonetheless.
Worry kept us alive and alert in the wilderness, now it hyper-focuses on what the mind imagines the challenges will be. No surprise, we are most often wrong.
When I look back at my own misfortunes, not one of them was what kept me up at night. In other words, while I was busy worrying about these things, the other, real problems were underfoot.
Worry occupies such an outsized presence in our minds that we assume the things we are worrying about hold the most importance. Yet, our predilection for worry doesn’t mean we know how to select our focus on the things that really matter.
We don’t know what to worry about, and that has us worried too.
Enter this excellent piece I’ve linked below on Lithub (they also have a great weekly newsletter) about using science to show what the real risks from fluoridation are versus, say, added sugar.
Quite an eye opener.
My take: give your emotions less weight. The reaction something elicits in you is not validation of an existing problem.
Extra Credit 🤓
Science: You’re Definitely Worrying About the Wrong Things | Literary Hub — lithub.com
So how did something that is vital to life turn into something that is making us flabby and slowly killing us? Sucrose is naturally found in fruit, and fruit almost always gets a nutritional thumbs up. The problem arises when you remove the sugar from the fruit and consume it in a different context.
Your Good Life 🌟
Train Yourself to Be Less Naive — Reasonable Doubt — Medium — medium.com
“Con artists like Bernie Madoff, Elizabeth Holmes — and my drug-dealing nanny — feed off the trust of others and our self-delusion or propensity for optimism,” Botsman says. “We often don’t recognize that things that seem too good to be true are, in fact, too good to be true.”