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Staleness sets in when something sits too long in the same place. And, contrary to common belief, it’s not unique to just bread and poorly sealed chips and crackers. Humans can grow stale too.

Though, unlike chips and crackers, knowing when humans get stale takes some awareness. You can’t just bite into them and realize the lack of crunch or underwhelming flavor — this isn’t cannibalism.

However, if you’re a human and you find life to be less interesting or perhaps lacking inspiration and wonder, you might be experiencing the symptoms of staleness.

The antidote? Stimuli.

Do something different than whatever you do most days.

If you normally eat cereal, eat eggs and bacon.

If you regularly drink coffee, drink green tea.

If you generally run, swim.

If you usually watch Netflix, listen to a vinyl record.

What ever you do most often, do less of it and instead do more of something else.

Here’s to being less stale.

By Cole Schafer.

One day these one minute writings will be a big book called “One Minute, Please.” Can I let you know when that day comes?

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