Day 25: Walk and Talk Instead of Emailing #30DaysofGOOD

For October's challenge, we're asking you to get healthy, from your feet to your teeth to your brain.

Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for October? To get healthy. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:

Walk and talk instead of emailing.

Here at the GOOD office, this challenge is particularly relevant, if your definition of emailing extends to the even quicker version of itself: chat. Not only is Gchat use rampant at GOOD, but there is a secondary inter-office chat host, too—because one chat window is not enough.

Today, as in most days, I was struck by the need for boba. (#needboba). Thankfully, there is a pan-Asian sushi shop—a delicious bastardization of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese food resulting in deep-fried sushi logs—that offers milk tea and Thai tea boba and is barely more than a quarter of a mile from the office. Obviously, needing a boba compatriot, I switched tabs on my browser window and clicked the friendly green icon on the lower left side of the window to ask a coworker. But then, remembering the day’s challenge, I stopped myself. Millimeters from the click bar, I paused my finger and turned to the left. I pushed myself back from the desk and scooted my chair two feet to the side.

“Hey,” I said in a slightly creepy, early-morning type way, “Wanna' get boba later?” While chair scooting in favor of chatting is the lazy person's approach to this challenge, I will say this: that half a minute removal from my computer screen gave my eyes necessary rest, and I burned probably 4 calories propelling my rolling chair. And, in favor of mental health, face-to-face conversation can’t be beat. Especially when it ends in boba. (Which, if you were keeping track, necessitates about a half-mile walk during lunchtime. Also good for health.)

-Nina Lincoff


Ready, set, go! Good luck completing today's challenge. Share your experience on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook by using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD, or let us know how it went in the comments section below.

Tomorrow's challenge: Wear something that makes you feel confident.

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