Category Archives: health

Gaslighting (word of the year)

As many folks probably know by now, “gaslighting” is the Merriam-Webster 2022 Word of the Year. It’s become a cultural touchstone, a commonplace term. Defined as “the act or practice of grossly misleading someone, especially for one’s own advantage,” gaslighting typically applies to the actions of manipulative, abusive men, often in romantic relationship settings. What is less known is the asylum context of the word.

Mushrooms Are Popping Up in Our Cocktails

Recently, bartenders and drink professionals across the U.S. have started using mushrooms to add rich, savory flavors to cocktails made with and without alcohol. Some highlight the sweet taste of candy cap mushrooms in their drinks. Others prefer the smooth, deep flavor of creminis. With more than 10,000 varieties to choose from, mushrooms’ drinks potential is vast.

“As cocktail culture continues to progress I think that more and more people are looking for something creative and unexpected. Something they haven’t seen before or tasted in a cocktail,” says Nathan McCullough, the bar director at The Wolves DTLA.

Starkey’s AI Transforms Hearing Aids Into Smart Wearables

The Livio AI hearing aid has a fitness tracker with inertial sensors that can count steps and track daily physical activity. But it also comes up with daily wellness scores for both physical and mental health and reports the scores on an associated smartphone app. The mental health “brain score” is based on hearing aid usage time, the degree of social engagement derived from the acoustic environment, and the extent of active listening.

Gen Z, millennials speak out on reluctance to become parents

The U.S. birth rate fell 4% in 2020, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to a government report. The government noted a 1% uptick in U.S. births last year, but the number of babies born was still lower than before the coronavirus pandemic: about 86,000 fewer than in 2019.

The Great Resignation is a crisis of belonging. Here’s the real way we organize ourselves at work

“I feel really badly when I look back on their early years, my younger son especially. I was never here,” Ms. del Rocío said. “I was always working. They were always with caregivers. I just really want to make up for that lost time.” It’s a sentiment shared by many of the more than 50,000 who have quit their jobs since the start of last year, as part of the “Great Resignation.” Faced with choosing between their careers and their loved ones, many opted to put their professional dreams on hold after enduring the stresses brought on by the pandemic.

Quiet Quitting is Not Quitting

There is a term trending right now that provoked one of the best conversations I’ve had about the pandemic, the future of work, and wellbeing:  quiet quitting. As defined, it’s when workers decide to reject “hustle culture”.  It means doing just what’s expected and not going above and beyond. It means closing your laptop at 5 p.m. Spending more time with family. The stories are from teachers who won’t grade papers after hours. Programmers who stopped picking up extra tickets. For some it’s just letting go the guilt associated with putting other things before work.

The Rise of Lonely, Single Men

Younger and middle-aged men are the loneliest they’ve been in generations, and it’s probably going to get worse. This is not my typical rosy view of relationships but a reality nonetheless. Over the last 30 years, men have become a larger portion of that growing group of long-term single people. And while you don’t actually need to be in a relationship to be happy, men typically are happier and healthier when partnered.