There are so many smart thoughts around the web this week—here are a few of our favorites.
Art makes society kinder: “Art offers new perspectives on universal issues. It teaches empathy, often evokes strong emotions, and inspires critical thinking. It should come as no surprise that it also makes us kinder.” (Co.Design)
How to be your best self: “You’ve got to lean way in to what you already are… look right at the worst — the so-called worst — things about yourself and figure out how to celebrate those things.” (Man Repeller)
Motherhood isn’t sacrifice: By reframing motherhood as a privilege, we redirect agency back to the mother, empowering her, celebrating her autonomy instead of her sacrifice. (The New York Times)
Aran Goyoaga on Cultivating Love in the Kitchen + Meringue Cake with Roasted Apples From Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple
"Set a humble table and eat beautiful simple food. Nothing has to be fancy. When you make yourself comfortable, your guests will feel comfortable."
Mixed Emotions: Casha Doemland Discusses the Impact of Racial Ambiguity on Personal Identity
“I don’t know how somebody can look at somebody, without knowing anything about them, and just project all this negativity that then turns into hate,” she says. “It’s hard for me cause I just don’t get it because I don’t look at anybody and feel that way.”
Have smartphones destroyed a generation?: “The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health.” (The Atlantic)
Strengthening the resilience muscle: “We don’t have a fixed amount of resiliency, we don’t need to face and overcome tragedy to grow it, and our resilience helps both ourselves and others.” (Goop)
Let black kids just be kids: “People of all races see black children as less innocent, more adultlike and more responsible for their actions than their white peers. In turn, normal childhood behavior, like disobedience, tantrums and back talk, is seen as a criminal threat when black kids do it.” (The New York Times)