We don’t know who we are until we’re connected to someone else. We’re just better human beings when we’re with the person we’re supposed to be with.
The Shins // So Now What
Written for the soundtrack of Zach Braff’s new movie Wish I Was Here. Calling it his “in-spirit” sequel to Garden State leaves some big shoes to fill for its release next month. From the looks of it, though, the soundtrack is going to be fantastic. Cat Power, Bon Iver? 00’s music comeback coming on strong.
Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons - Critics’ Choice Television Awards 2014
Every day is a battle I face
Strange life i live but its what you've decided
I’ll give it all into your hands,
Do what you will with me, and oh
I’ll smile when you speak
Remember all those times I was hoping for something
And shaking my head from all I have done
But you never left me
On this day in 1967, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision on the case Loving v. Virginia. The case was brought by Mildred and Richard Loving, a mixed black and Native woman and a white man who had been sentenced to a year in prison each for getting married, under Virginia’s anti-interracial marriage laws.
Police raided their home in the middle of the night, hoping to discover them having sex, which would confer an additional criminal charge. When the Lovings pointed out their marriage license (issued in Washington DC, where the marriage was legal), it was used in court as evidence against them, as marriage between a person considered white and a person considered non-white was at this time a felony.
They plead guilty and were told that their sentence would be suspended (not carried out) if they left the state. They did so, moving to DC, but faced so much trouble trying to visit relatives in Virginia (as they could not live or travel together there, under threat of a year in prison) that they appealed the ruling.
The court decided in favor of the Lovings, declaring laws against interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. This case was a landmark Civil Rights victory, and it happened only 47 years ago.
We believe that we should work to be happy, but do we have it backward? Psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires productivity.
- 3 Gratitudes: Write down 3 new things that you’re grateful for each day.
- Journaling one positive experience you’ve had over the past 24 hours allows your brain to relive it.
- Exercise teaches your brain that your behavior matters.
- Meditation allows your brain to get over the cultural ADHD that we’ve been creating by trying to do multiple tasks at once. Meditation allows your brain to focus on the task at hand.
- Random Acts of Kindness: When you open up your inbox, write one positive email praising or thanking someone in your social support network