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The Power of Activity

The Mission Newsletter, 6/13/18

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” -Buddha

“Stepping” Into a Better You

Episode 33 of The Mission Daily

In part one of their discussion about how to get more energy, Chad and Ian explain what exercise gives your body that you can’t (and shouldn’t) get anywhere else. They also discuss how being active energizes you in incredible ways.

Listen to Episode 33 on iTunes or Google Play.

The Mission Daily is a podcast dedicated to accelerated learning and helping you become healthier, wealthier, and wiser. It is designed to help you learn — as fast as you possibly can.

From the Archives

The 101 Best Podcasts for 2018

What if every day, while you were commuting, running, doing the dishes, working out…

You were also getting smarter?

The best podcasts in the world will allow you to do just that. But with hundreds of thousands of emerging podcasts, and a podcast industry that is in the process of doubling in size…

It’s harder than ever to find the BEST podcasts for 2018.

That’s why we’ve curated this epic list of the best podcasts in the world. No matter what your interests or goals are, you’ll find the podcasts here to help you live a healthier, wealthier, and wiser life.

Read: The 101 Best Podcasts for 2018

News That Matters


As we get older, our bodies naturally begin to break down through a process called ‘primary aging’. It’s long been known that practicing healthy habits, such as exercising and eating right, help our muscles and joints stay in good conditions for much longer, which slows down what’s called ‘secondary aging’ — deleterious structural and functional age-related changes caused by diseases and lifestyle factors. A recent study is helping us understand why that is.

According to a new research paper, “exercise opposes deleterious effects of secondary aging by preventing the decline in mitochondrial respiration, mitigating aging-related loss of muscle mass and enhancing insulin sensitivity.”

What that means, in layman’s terms, is that by exercising, your insulin-controlling pathways are staying engaged and healthy for longer, which staves off glucose intolerance that can lead to Type II Diabetes and obesity.

Read the study here.


We hope you’re strapped in because we are smack in the middle of what economists are calling the most important week of the year.

Following a G-7 summit in Canada this past weekend, a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, and a report on the status of inflation in the United States, the Federal Bank is expected to raise interest rates.

On Thursday, the European Central Bank will discuss ending its bond-buying program, while the oil market is set for a shift when Vladimir Putin meets with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the World Cup.

And on Friday, the U.S. has a deadline to announce which Chinese products are subject to new tariffs.

All of these events are likely to impact the markets stateside and worldwide. More detail on all of these economic activities here.


Searching for your bliss? You might just want to plant your flag in Ocean City, New Jersey. 🏖 ☀️

The beachfront city was ranked as the “Happiest Seaside Town in America,” by Coastal Living Magazine. And, for a scientific reason as to why seaside living is beneficial to your health, look no further than the best-selling book Blue Mind, which states:

“The surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do, that focused on the scientific evidence that being close to bodies of water promotes mental health and happiness.”

Find out where else made the top-10 list here.

Tech Trends

A recent patent filing by Apple has people speculating if the company’s Apple Watch will soon be able to function as a blood pressure monitor.

In the broad patent, Apple reveals that its wearable cuff could include a touchscreen and Bluetooth capabilities, and the device would use an “actuator,” which helps get an accurate blood pressure reading without having to crush the wearer’s arm. Currently, there are a few wearable blood pressure monitors on the market. If/when Apple gets their version on the market — which would require FDA approval — it would be Apple’s first officially-designated medical device.

Check out more about the patent here.

Marketing Trends

Podcast revenue reached a new peak in 2017, as a new study reports that the industry brought in a cool $314 million in 2017 — a huge spike from the $169 million benchmark from 2016.

It seems that advertisers are finally figuring out the best ways to market on the audio platform, which has exploded in popularity in recent years. Nielsen reports that half of American households now report listening to podcasts.

Some notable marketing data from the study:

  • Host-read ads were the more heavily used ad type
  • Direct response ads transacted on a cost per thousand basis made up the majority of the campaigns, followed by brand awareness ads at 29 percent.
  • In terms of placement, ads that were inserted or edited into programming accounted for 58 percent of the ad inventory last year, the report also found.
  • Top advertisers included financial services (18% share of ads), direct-to-consumer retailers (16%), and arts and entertainment (13% of all ads).

More from the study here.

Education Trends

Not all students learn the same way. Some are good at sitting, reading, and listening, while others need a more hands-on approach.

For the latter category, a new program is taking shape at Old Orchard Beach High School in Maine. And that shape is a boat.

Since September, 11 students who are part of the Pathways Alternative Education program at the school have been building the first in what will be a fleet of canoes. In the process of boat-building, their teachers are mixing in lessons on science, history, and English.

“There is potential in every student, and for some reason they don’t think they have that potential. This gave them self-confidence,” one of the class co-teachers, Wiley Muller said. “We saw some pretty drastic changes.”

The kids involved in the project went from hating school to loving it, and now express excitement going to the workshop on a daily basis. To find out more about the program, check here.

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The Best of What We Are Watching

We finally had the opportunity to see A Quiet Place in theaters this weekend! It was the perfect mix of sci-fi and thrill — we were on the edge of our seats the entire movie! 😱 👽 ​😱​

“Those who have survived live by one rule: never make a sound.”

Check out the trailer here.

Writer Spotlights

Why Consistency And Persistence Are Two Vital Ingredients To Success by Tony Fahkry

How To Go To Therapy by Sarah Kathleen Peck

The Best Way to Extend Your Influence. by Jake Wilder

Our Media

The Mission is a new kind of media company. We publish stories, videos, and podcasts to help smart people get smarter. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or learn more about us here. We’d love to connect!

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The Mission helps mission-driven companies build trust and connect with customers in a new way.

We create custom podcast sponsorships for enterprise companies. To learn more about why companies like Salesforce trust us to produce results, connect with our team here.

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