My answer to What are some life hacks that we need?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Managing Stress and Establishing Trust.
I have learned the very hard way over several decades that mind/body balance is key in managing stress and its aftereffects as well as managing expectations.
The human physiology has not evolved to match the pace at which we live today and the technology available to us. Gadgets (or "Gadget" programs) for fitness are a fad, cost money and supply relatively little value. They espouse the quick and easy because that is what sells. Diet programs are the same.
The following 4 basics are suggested for starters. They can be efficiently achieved but not quickly and for many not easily. But they are monumentally worth the investment. Like many other challenges they require management and must be synchronous with the other elements of our life.
1. Realign a long walk with problem solving and family time to have a clear horizon and put mind and body in sync. Our bodies still require moderate exercise to function because we have not yet evolved out of your "Hunter/Gatherer/Fight/Flight" physiology.
2. Develop habits that permit the subliminal mind to work while the body rests as least 7 hours a day with sleep.
3. The human body needs a mix of lean meat and vegetables. The artificial junk clogs us up and wears us down.
4. Manage expectations – those others have for us and those we have for ourselves. We are sensitive and vulnerable creatures, designed in a complex and vastly varying ways. The pace of life these days requires cultivation of expectation management and everyone must evolve their own unique form of that art.
Americans have been tasked with the need to evolve a modern, technically astute and informed process of establishing trust in media and similar sources of information.
Communications and expectations are two vital elements in measuring trust.
To an extraordinary degree the age in which we live is requiring us to redefine trust and the degree to which communication and expectation contribute to it.
Consider simpler times a few years past (say 50). Trust was necessary in many venues as a means of survival on a day to day basis. We relied on others extensively for our well being from our local store to our banker, from the policeman to the politician.
And we knew them all better, we could reach out and touch them and we were not viewing them in sound bites and web sites, nor were we being bombarded with multiple forms of input to digest about them.Mass marketing and communications has created expectations beyond reality in venues from romance web sites to building wealth.
We must come down to earth and become much more sophisticated in the manner with which we view all this input and sift it in a meaningful way to have true trust.
If we do not we run a high risk and that fact is inescapable. To a very large degree this is a personal responsibility.