meli melo Autumn Winter 2016

The Information Overload

We’ve never been so connected, thanks to endless social networks and constant content sharing. So why does it feel so meaningless? Endlessly absorbed in our phones, forgetting to look up, to actually interact with each other. What have we become? And where on earth are we going? Andrew Sullivan’s powerful personal account isn’t a quick read – but it’s a necessary one. Make time to read this – and take time to have a think.

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I Used to Be a Human Being. An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too. Read more: New York Magazine.

Roaldspiration!

Today would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday.  A master storyteller, true creative wordsmith and a man with a boundless imagination, what better way to celebrate his centenary than with a look at some of his most magical quotes from those books you read and read again as a child. They’re every bit as powerful and inspiring now as they were then… 

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12 quotes from Roald Dahl books to live your adult life by. There’s a whole lot of wisdom in those treasured childhood tales… Read more: Radio Times.

The Anti-Ageing Essentials

Sometimes it can feel like you need to be a beauty expert when you’re buying skin products. Sure, you want to choose skincare with anti-ageing benefits, but as a normal person – not a facialist or a beauty journalist – how on earth are you meant to choose between peptides and collagen, retinoids and vitamins? ICYMI, this round-up of the best anti-ageing skincare essentials from Dr Sam Bunting is a great place to start.

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8 anti-ageing ingredients that actually work …and two that don’t. We asked a dermatologist to blow the lids off of our skincare regimes. Read more: Get The Gloss.

The Best Beach Reads Of All Time

We’re not always fans of these Best Reads OF All Time lists, but this one? If you’ve been desperately trying to find the perfect book to take to the beach/on holiday, well you’ve come to the right place. The best beach books of all time? Sure, there’s trashy (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Prep, Jackie Collins), but there’s also some page-turning, must-read classics (Bonjour Tristesse, Edith Wharton, Brighton Rock) that are just exactly what you want to read on the beach. Just remember to apply suncream before you get too engrossed!

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Whether mass-market candy or high literature, a beach read needs narrative momentum, a transporting sense of place, and, ideally, a touch of the sordid. Even a book that takes a little work shouldn’t feel that way in the hot sun, and you’ll hardly break a sweat with any of the 100 greats listed here, in chronological order. Read more: Vulture.

Exhaustion: A Status Symbol

Endless emails, relentless deadlines and the constant pressure to keep up with social media, the news, life, the universe and everything – not to mention friends and family. It’s easy to imagine that feeling exhausted by it all is a typically 21st century concept. Not so – if we told you exhaustion was nothing new, well, would you feel quite so exhausted?

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Exhaustion is a vague and forgiving concept. Celebrities say they’re suffering from it when they go to rehab and don’t want to admit to depression or addiction. You can attribute your low mood or your short temper to exhaustion, and it can mean anything from “had a couple of bad nights’ sleep” to “about to have a nervous breakdown.” It also seems like a peculiarly modern affliction. From sloth to burnout, each age remakes exhaustion in its own image. Read more: New Republic.

How To Listen

Hands up if you’re a great listener? We all are, right? How hard can it be anyway? Don’t interrupt, give your friend time to speak, and nod or make responses at the appropriate moments. Turns out, listening is a little more nuanced than that. And being a good listener will actually increase your self-esteem, self-confidence and give you a better understanding of yourself too.

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Chances are you think you’re a good listener. People’s appraisal of their listening ability is much like their assessment of their driving skills, in that the great bulk of adults think they’re above average. Read more:  Harvard Business Review.

Why Your Brain is on Autopilot

How often are you consciously considering things and making decisions? How can we step back, become aware of making choices – whether big or small – and actually make them? Monday is a crucial day to switch your brain off autopilot – here’s why. 

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It isn’t that we’re making bad decisions. More often, we aren’t even aware there’s a decision to make. Your Brain Is On Autopilot More Than You Think–Here’s How To Wake It Up. Read more: Fast Company.

Don’t Love Yourself

Know yourself, love yourself – two things we’re sure you’ll have heard a fair few times. But how about if loving yourself is in fact unhelpful – and actually an unhealthy habit? If you want to progress and grow as a person, you need to stop loving yourself.

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The importance of loving yourself is a common catchphrase among feel-good gurus and the subject of countless self-help books. But Harvard University’s Michael Puett argues that loving yourself – and all your flaws – can actually be quite harmful. Read more: Quartz.

Celebrate More

Happiness and success aren’t the key to life. No, no – it’s all about celebration. Sure, birthdays and anniversaries are lovely, but we all need to celebrate a whole lot more – and more of the time. Work, friendships, relationships and motivation – all areas of life where you definitely need a little more celebration. You need to be saying ‘hoorah’ much more. Really.

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You don’t celebrate enough. I’m not talking about just having fun for the sake of having fun. Plenty of scientific research shows that celebrating is the key to a better life. We need more high-fives, more parties, more chocolate consumption, and a lot more saying, “Wow, that’s great!” Sound too simple and cheery? Wrong. Here’s why… Read more: Barking Up The Wrong Tree.

Boost Your Productivity

Ah we love a good TED Talk. And we’d dearly like to be more productive – working smarter, getting more done. So this feature on TED Talks to help you become more productive is right up our street. Getting some fresh air, taking time off, banning bad meetings and learning how to fail – these nine talks will help boost your productivity pronto!

Want to reach ultimate productivity? Some of the world’s greatest thought leaders will teach you how. Read more: Business Insider.