Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful

Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters.


Our new normal is always feeling a little off balance, like trying to stand in a dinghy on rough seas, and not knowing when the storm will pass.


Rather than being at the mercy of what’s going on, we can use the elements of our natural reward system and construct things to do that are good no matter what.

Source: Our Brains Struggle to Process This Much Stress | Elemental

Time to upgrade your monitor

  • Text can’t be made look good on low-resolution displays.
  • High-PPI displays are now a commodity, it’s time to switch.
  • Notebooks are ok, but a standalone monitor is always better.
  • 4k monitor only makes sense with 2× / 200% scaling.
  • If you want to go further, there are now affordable 4k @ 120 Hz options.

Source: Time to upgrade your monitor @

Status vs Authenticity

People think they want status when they really want authenticity.

-high paying job
-impressive body
-Instagram-able relationships

-a job you love
-high self-esteem
-well-functioning relationships

Status optimizes for society. Authenticity optimizes for you.