In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.

In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.

As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key.  This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.

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  • SOCIETY, Health, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Amanda McMillan, "It’s Official: Happiness Really Can Improve Health"

    Time - 20 Jul 2017

    What was intuitively known is now corroborated by a meta-study that confirms, with “almost no doubt,” that happiness can positively influence health and longevity. It shows in particular that happiness (subjective wellbeing in the jargon) can have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and immune systems, influence hormones and inflammation levels, and speed wound healing (reads in 3-5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 21 July 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, SOCIETY, Health, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Rebecca Greenfield, "How the Six-Hour Workday Actually Saves Money"

    Bloomberg - 17 Apr 2017

    A Swedish experiment may have missed the bigger picture of how shorter days can mean long-term profit. In reality, working shorter hours results in healthier workers, which in turn, leads to higher productivity reduced absenteeism and lower health costs. Maybe the solution to workplace wellness isn’t step challenges and diet contests, but shorter workdays (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 21 April 2017


  • SOCIETY, Health, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Violet Hudson, "Trees save lives: why doctors are prescribing forest walks"

    The Spectator - 11 Aug 2016

    This is a new wellness trend. ‘Forest bathing’, which originated in Asia, is now spreading to the West via the US and the UK. Medical research shows that walking in the woods is beneficial for anxiety. After a walk, we have lower blood pressure and fewer adrenalin-triggered stress hormones. Some studies show that after two nights in a forest, our levels of ‘killer’ white blood cells (that attack infection and tumors) soar by 50%. The heart rate is also lowered (reads in about 4-5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 12 August 2016


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