A 4-Day Workweek? A Test Run Shows a Surprising Result – The New York Times, July 19, 2018
This is an interesting example of how working less may lead to higher productivity. A New Zealand financial firm that let its employees work four days a week while being paid for five says the experiment was so successful that it hopes to make the change permanent. The conclusion: “Supervisors said staff were more creative, their attendance was better, they were on time, and they didn’t leave early or take long breaks.” Not rocket science, but it works!
The Age You Feel Means More than Your Actual Birthdate – BBC Future, July 19, 2018
Most people feel younger or older than they really are—and this “subjective age” has a big effect on their physical and mental health.
Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor’s Orders – The New York Times, July 12, 2018
“Forest bathing”—or immersing yourself in woodsy nature—is now being embraced by doctors (and others) as a way to combat stress and improve people’s overall health.
Does Meditation Work? – AEON, July 9, 2018
It’s hailed as the panacea for everything from cancer to war. Does research into its efficacy meet scientific standards?
A Striking Stat:
For the first time, scientists have mapped how much oceanic wilderness remains. The shocking findings: Only 13 percent of the oceans are now unspoiled, while only 5 percent of marine wilderness areas are protected.
Read the new study