“Virtual reality” might seem like a new concept, but are we already living inside a virtual world? How do we balance spending time in these technological worlds versus the “real” world?

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The Mission Newsletter, 5/22/18

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Rethinking Virtual Reality

Episode 17 of The Mission Daily

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In today’s episode, we explore questioning the nature of our own reality and riff on the idea of creating a virtual world with language.

Listen to Episode 17: Rethinking Virtual Reality

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The Eighth Principle of Accelerated Learning: Secrets

In this episode, we make a case that: Secrets exist. Many of them are closer to you than you might think, and by finding them (even small ones), you can materially improve your life.

One of the best places to find secrets is by studying, “the story behind the story” of great people and victories. We cover how to get started looking for secrets there, and why this process is hidden and rarely discussed.

Secrets do exist, and in this episode, we help you figure out where the secrets are in your own life and how you can capitalize on them.

Listen to Episode 8: Secrets Exist. Here’s How To Find Them.

News That Matters

Health

What’s that word again …?

As we get older, we may find ourselves asking that more and more. But, according to a new study, healthier and more-fit people are less likely to encounter that frustrating moment of searching for the right word.

Researchers surveyed a few different age groups in various states of physical fitness asking them to ride a stationary bike to the point of exhaustion and then showing them images on a computer screen and prompting them to identify the object. The younger age group performed better overall, which was not surprising. But among the older group, aged 60-–80, those who were more physically fit performed better than those who were not.

More info on the research here.

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Wealth

What makes life meaningful? It’s a question that’s answer varies from person to person, but one of the main things people report giving them meaning are their close relationships with others.

Younger people are staying single longer, though, and to compensate for the possible lack of close relationships, many are turning to pet ownership — and their wallets are feeling it. ? ?

In a larger study about humans’ relationships with their pets, Americans under the age of 30 were more likely than their middle-aged counterparts to overspend on their pets regardless of their economic situation. In addition, a greater number of millennials (approximately 33%) purchasing their first home reported that finding better spaces for their pets influenced their purchasing decision, than those who cited marriage or having children as a reason for the home purchase.

More insights on how pets are influencing major decisions can be found here.

Wisdom

Studies have shown that having house plants leads to better air quality and leaves the inhabitants happier and more productive.

But not everyone has a green thumb, and keeping a houseplant alive can sometimes feel harder than taking care of your pet — your ficus isn’t nipping at your leg when it’s hungry after all.

So Summer Rayne Oakes, author of the upcoming book, How to Make a Plant Love You, has some suggestions for you, the biggest one being start with plants that are nearly impossible to kill. On her list of low-maintenance plants to get you going: Zamioculcas zamiifolia, or ZZ Plant, Sansevieria or Snake Plant, Dracaena species, Anubias, Marimo Moss Balls and Rose of Jericho aka Resurrection Plant.

Get your green going here.

Tech Trends

Swedish scientists have developed biodegradable, artificial cellulose fibers that are stronger than steel and spider silk, two of the strongest and most durable materials in the world.

“Using a novel production method, the researchers have successfully transferred the unique mechanical properties of these nanofibres to a macroscopic, lightweight material that could be used as an eco-friendly alternative for plastic in airplanes, cars, furniture and other products. ‘Our new material even has potential for biomedicine since cellulose is not rejected by your body,’ explains Daniel Söderberg, head of the research team.”

Learn more about the team’s methodology here.

Marketing Trends

When The LEGO Movie premiered in 2014, it was more than just a light-hearted children’s film — it was one of the greatest marketing tools in a generation.

LEGO was suffering from lost sales in a frequently-tech-obsessed economy, so the company needed something to move the needle and get a new stable of folks interested in the product.

Enter Emmet, and the rest of The LEGO Movie cast of characters, which not only proved to be a huge critical and commercial success at the box office, but provided a major boost to physical LEGO sales in the years since. Using nostalgia that allowed parents to connect with the film just as much as kids, plus a classic good vs. evil story, LEGO created a phenomenon with the film that’s led to spinoff movies, games and products, earning the company hundreds of millions of dollars in additional profit. And now it’s time for round two.

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The LEGO Movie Sequel is scheduled for release in February 2019! ? ?

To learn more about how LEGO was able to pull off this feat of marketing, check here.

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The Best of What We Are Watching

Adrift won’t be premiering in theaters until June 1st, but we were lucky enough to secure a spot at a pre-screening tonight! ? ?

Adrift is a movie adaptation of Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea, a book about Tami Ashcraft’s traumatic experiences while she was lost at sea. Despite suffering a head injury that made it so she couldn’t read for 6 years afterward, Tami managed to get her terrifying — yet inspiring — experiences down on paper, and now we can witness them on the big screen.

Check out the trailer for Adrift here.

TIP OF THE DAY

Writer Spotlights

The Twin Virtues of Trust and Uncertainty by Heather Heying

Lonely, among millions of people. by Marin Mikulic

There’s more to life than Tweets, and other advice for 2018 by Mathew Lowry

The wrong kind of work by Matt Sandrini

You Need To Have Faith In Your Startup Journey. by Stephen Moore

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