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Monday's List: Happiness, French, and Chamomile Tea

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Photo by Ornella Binni on Unsplash

Photo by Ornella Binni on Unsplash

“Make the present moment your friend rather than your enemy. Because many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment.” ― Dan Harris

What We’re Listening To

10% Happier, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Beyond Om: We’ve tried many meditation apps in our day, but 10% Happier may be where we rest for a while.

Variety and Simplicity: 10% Happier is simple, elegant, and focused. You can choose a meditation by emotion or state (anxious, stressed, happiness, fear) and then select a time that you’d like to dedicate (5 - 30 minutes). Bonus: they have ‘courses’ you can attempt as you grow your practice. There is a free version, but we’re pretty sure you’ll upgrade to the paid version once you’ve tried it. #notanad

What We’re (Re)Learning

Duolingo

Est-ce que tu parles français?: Traveling for work can be daunting, especially if you’re traveling internationally and don’t speak the language of your destination.

Ten minutes a Day: Duolingo is a free and pay-for language app and learning platform that offers 85 language courses in 24 languages. It works because it’s like playing a game and there is an element of machine learning that is taking place. Translation: it’s able to figure out what you know and don’t know and help you focus on getting better, fast. If you want to be able to cover the basics while on your next business trip (directions, ordering, hello, etc.) then Duolingo is the app for you. #notanad

What We’re Sipping

Chamomile Tea

Achoo!: It’s that time of year again when hay fever sufferers start stockpiling antihistamines and tissues. If you’ve got seasonal allergies, you know it can be tough to concentrate at work.

Who knew?: On a recent trip to pick up our OTC antihistamines of choice, the pharmacist suggested sipping chamomile tea instead of coffee at work. Really? After a good 30 minutes of Googling chamomile tea + hay fever, there’s some interesting science behind the suggestion. Two cups every work day, with a little local honey, to help you get to 5 pm.

Note: While there is evidence that chamomile may be good for hay fever sufferers in general, those who develop symptoms when exposed to ragweed pollen might have to be careful with chamomile tea. Chamomile has proteins that are similar to those found in ragweed, and therefore, chamomile tea may cause reactions.

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