The New York Times - paywall - 14 Sep 2017
New research adds to the evidence that generosity has a positive effect on our wellbeing. It changes the activity in our brains in ways that increase feelings of happiness, even if the generous act is small or only imagined. Interestingly, the pledge to be generous primes people to be more giving - there are probably evolutionary undercurrents to this process (reads in 3-4 min).
Published in Weekly selection 15 September 2017
The New York Times - paywall - 5 Sep 2017
In today’s era of workplace burnout, achieving a simpatico work-life relationship seems practically out of reach. Being tired, ambivalent, stressed, cynical and overextended has become a normal part of a working professional life. The General Social Survey of 2016, a nationwide survey that since 1972 has tracked the attitudes and behaviors of American society, found that 50 percent of respondents are consistently exhausted because of work, compared with 18 percent two decades ago. There are three major signs of workplace burnout (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 8 September 2017
The Atlantic - 31 Aug 2017
Today’s teens are a generation shaped by the smartphone and social media to such an extent that the psychologist calls it the iGen. He makes the claim, based on an impressive amount of data and surveys, that the iGen is on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades and that much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones. Simply put: the more time teens spend looking at their screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression (reads in 9-12 min).
Published in Weekly selection 4 August 2017