New Office Hours Aim for Well Rested, More Productive WorkersThe New York Times, December 26, 2018
A growing number of businesses are encouraging their employees to work when their bodies are most awake.

The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone The Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2018
Loneliness undermines health and is linked to early mortality—and Baby Boomers are especially feeling the effects.

The Coming Commodification of Life at HomeThe Atlantic, December 18, 2018
Over the past years, many homes have seen a proliferation of “smart” devices and appliances, ranging from smart speakers and smart thermostats to smart mattress covers and smart coffee makers. As these internet-connected appliances multiply, our homes may become yet another tech platform that will monetize “every move we make.”

More Parents Are Naming Their Babies After Healthy FoodsQuartz, December 5, 2018
The US parenting website BabyCenter just released its report on baby name trends, and the findings provide further evidence that wellness is the zeitgeist. Names related to spiritual practices, such as yoga or meditation (Peace, Harmony, Hope), have jumped in popularity, as have names tied to healthy food trends. Say hello to the age of Baby Kale.

The Best Doesn’t Exist. A Psychologist Explains Why We Can’t Stop Searching Vox, December 12, 2018
Living in a consumer culture where we can get anything makes it surprisingly difficult to buy things.


A Striking Stat:

In most developed nations, life expectancy has increased for decades, but in the US, it fell again in 2017, the country’s longest sustained decline since WW1. Americans can expect to live 78.6 years at birth in 2017, down a tenth of a year over 2016—much attributable to the rising drug and suicide crises.

Source: CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, 12/2018

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