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Issue #137 | Why You Should Be Wary of Gratuitous Dental Procedures

Don’t we all love going to the dentist? After reading today’s nugget, your level of enthusiasm is bound to plummet even further.

Ferris Jabr, writing for The Atlantic, provides a harrowing account of excessive dental treatments that seemed designed chiefly to line an unscrupulous dentist’s pockets.

While such egregious cases are likely rare, Jabr makes a convincing case that dental overtreatment is endemic, and that many dental procedures lack scientific backing.

Read on and start pushing back when your dentist recommends yet another root canal!

The Truth About Dentistry

The Atlantic • 20-minute read
Hello Nuggeteers! We hope you enjoyed the nineteenth week of daily nuggets!

Now, as always, we are sharing our traditional weekly poll to find out which nugget you liked best. (Remember that you can vote for more than one option.)
Issue #138 | Miss Manners on How to Properly Respond to Accusations

Around two weeks ago, in issue 126 of One Daily Nugget, we highlighted the importance of proper etiquette and promised to recruit Miss Manners for sharing concrete how-to advice. Let’s get started!

In today’s nugget, published by UExpress, a reader of Miss Manners’ column asks how to respond to accusatory questions. Miss Manners’ advice? Respond without answering.

Read on to learn more!

Accusation Deserves a Response but Not an Answer

UExpress • 1-minute read
Issue #139 | Mark Suster on How to Get Busy People to Take Action

In issue 112 of One Daily Nugget, Mark Suster shared some tips on how to be more effective in making business phone calls.

In today’s nugget, published on his Both Sides blog, he tackles another communications topic: How do you write emails that persuade busy people to take action on your behalf? His advice includes keeping them short and to the point, stating your most important ask up front, and writing to only one person at a time.

Read on to learn more!

How to Get Busy People to Take Action When You Send an Email

Both Sides • 5-minute read
Issue #140 | Lessons on Deliberate Practice From an Accomplished Piano Player

In issue 103 of One Daily Nugget, we featured Cal Newport’s take on why many elite achievers in competitive fields like classical music seem to be leading such relaxed lives: It’s not about the number of hours you spend practicing, but about the amount of practicing you put into every hour.

In response to Newport’s blog post, an accomplished pianist agreed that he and other strong students in his department did indeed practice fewer hours, yet made up for it in how they practiced. Newport published the pianist’s account of his own experience as a separate blog post that holds valuable lessons on how to accelerate one’s growth by engaging in deliberate practice. Read on!

Flow is the Opiate of the Mediocre: Advice on Getting Better from an Accomplished Piano Player

Study Hacks • 2-minute read
Issue #141 | A Norwegian Polar Explorer on the Beauty of Walking

Norwegian polar explorer Erling Kagge is the first person ever to complete the Three Poles Challenge, which entails walking to the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest (the “third” pole). It’s thus fair to say that he knew what he was talking about when he recently published a book titled Walking.

In today’s nugget, an interview with Kagge by GQ’s Clay Skipper, we learn why walking is not only a pleasurable and healthy activity in its own right, but also serves as a powerful antidote to living on mindless autopilot in a life that rapidly passes you by.

Read on and learn how walking can make you more creative, why you should occasionally go up the stairs backwards, and why you should embrace the struggle to achieve your goals!

Why Walking is the Key to Being More Productive

GQ • 8-minute read
Issue #142 | Make Your Life a Little More Amazing by Embracing Surprises

“Surprises make life simultaneously more serene and more exciting,” argues Tania Luna, a Surprisologist and co-founder of Surprise Industries.

Having immigrated to the United States from Ukraine, she found herself mesmerized by the wonders of her new home, and later turned her delight at surprises into a profession.

In today’s nugget, TED’s Liz Jacobs synthesizes Luna’s recommendations. Read on and learn 8 specific ways in which you can spice up your life by embracing surprises!

8 tips to make your life more surprising, from Tania Luna, Surprisologist

TED • 3-minute read
Issue #143 | A Scientifically Proven Program to Reap the Benefits of Mindfulness

In issue 31 of One Daily Nugget, we introduced you to the manifold benefits of mindfulness and featured an interview with Thich Nhat Hanh to kick things off.

As inspiring as the interview may have been, it probably left you wondering how, concretely, to implement mindfulness in practice so as to reap all its promised benefits.

This is where Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at Oxford University, comes in. Along with Zindel Segal and John Teasdale, Williams is the creator of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), an eight-week program that is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s revolutionary Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.

In today’s nugget, we’d like to introduce you to the program via an in-depth interview with Mark Williams himself.

An Introduction to Mindfulness: Interview With Prof. Mark Williams

Mindful Living Blog • 46-minute read
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Hello Nuggeteers!

Today, we have shared with you issue #143 of One Daily Nugget that introduced you to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) by Oxford University professor Mark Williams.

As we are great fans of this program ourselves (indeed, we have just run it internally at our company, and it was a big hit), we invite you to watch this video from The School of Life where Mark Williams gives a talk on Mindfulness.

We encourage you to watch the whole video, but if you are short on time, you can just watch the above snippet (it's the part from 35:45 to 38:50 in the full video) to get a feel of William's amazing speech and enjoy his excellent sense of humor!

Issue #144 | Alone in Tokyo? Do as the Locals Do and Rent a Friend!

Yesterday’s introduction to mindfulness may have given you a lot to think about, so let’s keep it light today, with an incredible story by AFAR’s Chris Colin on renting a friend in Tokyo.

At a minimum, it provides an entertaining read. At best, it elucidates something real about the nature of friendship. Read on!

The Incredibly True Story of Renting a Friend in Tokyo

AFAR • 13-minute read
Hi Nuggeteers! We hope you enjoyed the twentieth week of daily nuggets!

As always, let's take our traditional weekly poll to find out which nugget was your favorite. (Remember that you can vote for more than one option.)
Issue #145 | Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages

For those of you observing it, we wish you a happy Saint Nicholas Day! As you know, Saint Nicholas of Myra had a reputation as a bringer of gifts — which happens to tie in nicely with today’s nugget.

Gary Chapman is a Christian pastor and relationships counsellor. In 1992, he published a book called The Five Love Languages.

According to Chapman, relationships get into trouble because people speak different love languages with one another. If a husband expresses his affection via gifts, Saint Nicholas-like, yet his wife’s primary love language is physical touch, each of them will end up feeling underappreciated.

Read today’s nugget, by the Guardian’s Emine Saner, and learn more about Chapman’s work and its implications for your relationships!

Do you take out the bins – or give great hugs? Why it pays to know your love language

The Guardian • 6-minute read
Issue #146 | Becoming a Millionaire by Saving Ten Bucks at a Time

One of the criticisms frequently leveled at Mr. Money Mustache in his quest for financial independence is his focus on small savings. If you estimate that you’ll need a million dollars in order to retire early, shouldn’t you be frying bigger fish than saving a few bucks on your monthly electricity bill?

No, argues Mr. Money Mustache, in today’s nugget. And he has math on his side. Read on and learn why it’s critical that you start getting excited about saving ten bucks at a time!

A Millionaire is Made Ten Bucks at a Time

Mr. Money Mustache • 5-minute read