Review: Drink meer koffie

Drink meer koffie
Drink meer koffie by Bertil Mark­lund
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

The title of the book was what trig­gered my curios­i­ty and as the title of the Eng­lish trans­la­tion, it is clear that this book had a good mar­ket­ing team. The book was­n’t bad, the infor­ma­tion about the title’s top­ic was very kept to a min­i­mum. Some blog posts have writ­ten a more con­cise and exten­sive overview on the top­ic. How­ev­er, a lit­tle rep­e­ti­tion nev­er hurts and there were a lot of things I had changed over last two years that made me feel good about my choic­es and the path I am on. Fur­ther­more, the biggest les­son for me was that being opti­mistic has a sig­nif­i­cant impact on one’s life expectan­cy — extend it up to sev­en years — com­pared to more pes­simistic peo­ple. Being aware that cor­re­la­tion is not cau­sa­tion, there is still a lot of mer­it to this obser­va­tion and some­thing I would want to work on the com­ing years if not decades. As a side­note, this was the first book in which I exten­sive­ly used the note-tak­ing fea­ture on my e‑reader to help me improve my vocab­u­lary and high­light the sen­tences that res­onate with me and that I would like to use in the sum­ma­ry. How­ev­er, I find that many of these are in Dutch and not all of them would work well after trans­la­tion. So for now, I’ll leave it at this and in the future I hope to extend this review with those lessons, after I fig­ure out how to export them to a more man­age­able for­mat instead of hav­ing to type it word for word. Even though the lat­ter seems bet­ter for reten­tion of the infor­ma­tion, I think I would be less like­ly to do it for most of the books I read.

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