“Everyone is Miserable – Here’s What We can Do About It” Fast Company, February 16, 2018
This is a review of a new book (Lost Connections) that explores how modern societies may be creating a world of unhappiness. The author (Hohann Hari) questions the prevailing wisdom about depression and wonders whether the current epidemic is not connected to how we’ve chosen to construct the world around us. He concludes that: “If you are depressed and anxious, you are not a machine with malfunctioning parts. You are a human being with unmet needs. The only real way out of our epidemic of despair is for all of us, together, to begin to meet those human needs – for deep connection, to the things that really matter in life.”

“The Dutch Have the Best Work-Life Balance. Here’s Why”World Economic Forum, February 9, 2018
The Netherlands has overtaken Denmark as the country with the best work-life balance. That is according to the latest OECD Better Life Index, which ranks countries on how successfully households mix work, family commitments and personal life, among other factors. Read why…

“The Ambitious Quest to Cure Ageing Like a Disease” BBC, February 9, 2018
As we learn more about the diseases that affect us, we also get better at controlling them. But will we ever manage to overcome the most inevitable of afflictions – old age?

“Lift Weights, Eat More Protein, Especially if You’re Over 40”The New York Times, February 7, 2018
People who would like to become physically stronger should start with weight training and add protein to their diets, according to a comprehensive scientific review of research.

“In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger”The New York Times, February 9, 2018
New regulations in Chile, which corporate interests delayed for almost a decade, require explicit labeling and limit the marketing of sugary foods to children.

A Striking Stat:

Olympic cross-country skiers eat 8,000 calories a day – equivalent to 20 plates of lasagna or 40 scoops of ice cream.

Source: The New York Times

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