Friday Favorites

1. Misinterpreting the "Sell By" Date for Food Sell By Date

I actually keep a lot (okay, not a lot, that sounds gross) of food items past their "sell by" date. If it doesn't smell bad, there's no mold, and it doesn't taste weird, I assume I'm fine. But I wanted to share this piece due to some of the numbers brought up related to the relationship between misinterpretation of food labels and global food waste. Pretty intense. The lesson here: don't throw away food and only buy what you need or will consume!

2. Why Louis C.K. Hates Smartphones -- And He's Right

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Louis C.K. is one of the best comedians of our age, and he is so spot-on about how and why smartphones can be destructive for human beings. He talks about how phones are a distancing and disconnecting mechanism, both for kids learning empathy for the first time and adults coming to terms with just being alive. The entire video is really thought-provoking.

3. Exercising v. "Exercising"

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I'll admit it--I often put exercising in a little box that I can check off, when I squeeze in a run or make it to a yoga class. But really, moving around and stretching and sweating should be a way of life and a general mentality. There are definitely days where I end up walking on the treadmill for 20 minutes, and then I tend to think "something is better than nothing," but what if I had just gone for two 10 minute walks that day instead? I probably would have gotten more out of that instead. If you're truly going to exercise, make it worth the time; otherwise, just move around a little more.

4. Why Does Food Stick to Your Knife?

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If you like to cook, these tips are super helpful. I'm always getting stuff stuck on the sides of knives and then I end up worrying about cutting myself as well as being annoyed and frustrated. Now I can dice my veggies in peace! (Ha.)

5. The Problem of Complaining About Being Privileged

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Thought Catalog posts are shared left and right, at least in my demographic of friends (and here's an interesting article about why these posts tend to be so sharable in the first place), and most are funny or harmless. A recent poster wrote a fairly long diatribe about the fact that she shouldn't have to feel bad about being privileged. Thought Catalog producer Nico Lang responded, pointing out why her perspective sucks--in his words, "I don't hate Kate Menedez because she chose to be rich. I hate her because she chose to be an asshole." I agree with him; I have many friends who might be "rich," but that's not why they're my friends--it's because they are kind and smart and generous and interested in making the world a better place because of their talents and good fortune and background. Attitude seriously makes all the difference.

6. Claire Danes and Lena Dunham = Perfection

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Watching Claire and Lena be BFF on the red carpet just makes me happy. Click on the link for the full video, and enjoy your weekend!