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  • Good morning, John! So there's a new study out in the Journal of

  • Psychoneuroendocrinology

  • that I know you're gonna be super excited about.

  • Basically, they tested young people's bedtime cortisol levels.

  • Cortisol is a stress hormone. The amount of cortisol in your blood goes up when you're more stressed out,

  • and it has all kinds of effects on your physiology, your psychology and your behavior.

  • Physiological effects can include everything from like more acne, which is a bummer,

  • to heart disease and death.

  • Correlations. It's not gonna kill you it just increases your chances of death. Aggression, depression, anxiety,

  • Difficulty staying focused, difficulty making decisions.

  • Some people actually make fewer decisions, like they'll avoid decisions when they have a lot of stress.

  • And others make worse, more impulsive, less rational decisions.

  • So that's interesting. Some people, when they're stressed, avoid the source of the stress,

  • others seek out more of it. If you listen to the podcast I do with my wife,

  • "Delete This", you know that Katherine and I are opposite sides of that spectrum.

  • Anyway, this study not super surprising.

  • But they found that bedtime levels of cortisol

  • increased after the election for people who didn't vote for Donald Trump.

  • Specifically young people. And that level went up more if you were a woman or from what they called

  • non-dominant social groups, so LGBT people, people of color, that kind of thing.

  • I don't know if I need to bring this up, but the last year has sort of felt like just a constant barrage of

  • upsetting or confusing news.

  • Every week it seems like there's a new scandal, a new fear, a new tragedy.

  • And all these things are problems that need to be faced,

  • but if there is no respite from the stress we will make worse decisions.

  • We will not be as healthy as we could be, we will not be as productive as we could be.

  • I don't want you to think that I'm not okay.

  • I'm okay, but I have been looking for things to provide me with respite.

  • I don't actually definitely know what the word respite means, so let's look that up.

  • A short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant. YES!

  • So I asked Twitter and Facebook if there were some things that I maybe am missing out on that are great,

  • and here is a list of some sources of respite from other people and from my own brain.

  • Starting off with "Space Opera" by Catherine Valente.

  • Finally, I feel like somebody had the chops and the guts to not just understand the genius of Douglas Adams,

  • but to maybe even move beyond it in some ways. You want a book about glam rock in space, it's happening!

  • The horns of bovids. There are 143 different species of bovids,

  • which include cows, sheep, goats, antelopes and some other good stuff

  • And they have great horns!

  • "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", which is currently a season of eight episodes on Amazon Prime

  • written by the creator of the "Gilmore Girls", and it makes me so happy!

  • "Hello from the Magic Tavern is" a podcast produced by a guy who fell into a portal behind a Burger King

  • and interviews citizens of the magical land of "Foon" and it is always a wonderful break from all this earth stuff.

  • Janet from "The Good Place". I mean yeah, the whole show but mostly Janet.

  • Whenever I think about that character, I smile.

  • This collaboration we did on "Eons" discussing the first ever organism.

  • With help from PBS Space Time, and It's Okay to be Smart,

  • we got as close to the bottom of this ultimate question of where life began as we could get.

  • Elle Mills, always.

  • Our new show "Nature League", which explores biology. All biology everywhere with my friend Brit.

  • And I'm just learning and relaxing and getting my curiosity satisfied.

  • This Long Long Man advertisement for some kind of weird candy in Japan. It's good.

  • "Ask a Mortician". A YouTube channel about what happens to people's parts after they die

  • from a person who does that professionally.

  • Janelle Monáe. I feel like I'm late to this party, but every time I listen to her music, I feel better.

  • Abby Norman's "Let Me Google That" podcast which covers everything from why we have names

  • to crossword puzzles to the Titanic and it's always got, every morning, new good information for me.

  • And I'm always happy to have it.

  • Orla Gartland, who's doing the singer-songwriter thing so good, and I'm just so happy her music is in the world.

  • And finally this three second long video of my baby's butt.

  • John, I hope that this list provides you and some other people with some respite and I'll see you on Tuesday.

  • And now it's time for the endscreen card, oh write me an endscreen song. This one's not very good.

Good morning, John! So there's a new study out in the Journal of


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2018年のレスパイトを探す (Finding Respite in 2018)

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