Adding Value: Rob Bell is So Good

Adding Value is a collection of posts where I recommend books, movies, podcasts, or anything that has been adding value to my life lately, and hopefully will add value to yours too. 

I first heard of Rob Bell from The Minimalists (whose documentary is featured in a previous Adding Value post). While at a local bookstore in Minneapolis this June, I saw a copy of his book How to Be Here. I recognized the title, as it had been given high accolades from The Minimalists. Rob Bell happened to have been at that bookstore recently while on a book tour, so the copy was signed.

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Good Weather

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Life has been busy and these next two weeks are going to get even busier, so I apologize to you (and to myself) for the lack of recent posts, and therefore I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

I started a new internship two weeks ago, finals are next week, and The Walking Dead is back on TV, but today’s remarkably warm weather and a few lines from I book I read inspired me to fit in a short blog post today.

For my Effective Business Communication class, we are required to read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. So yeah, I usually try to hide the title while I’m reading it in public. Despite the fact that I’m reading it for a class requirement and the funny looks you may get while reading it on the train, I  would definitely recommend this book. It was published during the Great Depression and the lessons it offers still hold today.

The quote that stood out to me today isn’t actually from Dale Carnegie himself, but rather Elbert Hubbard, whom Carnegie provides an excerpt from.

Whenever you go out-of-doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every handclasp.

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Do Blue Zones People Eat Kale Salad?

I stumbled upon a New York Times article about longevity recently, and I wanted to share a quick excerpt with you all.

In the article, the author spends a day with longevity expert Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones. In a very brief synopsis, The Blue Zones basically studies several areas of the world where people tend to live the longest. I bought the book after reading the New York Times article and I’m currently only a few chapters in, however it seems like sensible advice so far and I look forward to reading the rest of the book. Here is the excerpt I particularly liked:

…in longevity idylls like Icaria, it’s not just about what you eat, but how you eat, and how much you and your friends enjoy a meal together.

“Dan, do any of the Blue Zones people eat kale salad?” Mr. Solomon asked.

“No,” Mr. Buettner replied. “They eat food that they enjoy.”

You don’t need to know where Icaria is or who Mr. Solomon is to understand the point of this quote. I, like many, often get distracted by new health foods and fads that claim to be healthier than the last. However, one thing that I never forget is that food is to be enjoyed. I truly believe that food is one of the greatest sources of joy in life. Other than a game of poker, not much else brings a group of people to sit down at a table together for leisure purposes. I love sitting down to a meal with my family or friends, enjoying each other’s company while absorbing the unique flavors of the food.

I don’t plan on going into this much more because I think the quote speaks for itself. It’s a reminder for me as much as anyone else. Bottom line: eat with your friends and family, eat food that tastes good, and don’t force kale down your throat if you don’t like it.


Original article can be found here.