No-Vacation Nation: Why Don’t Americans Know How to Take a Break? – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic

6 Aug

The science of productivity is pretty clear that anything from a coffee break to a two-week vacation can make us better workers by replenishing our energy and attention and allowing our brains to make new connections that are obscured in the daily grind. Even at companies that offer vacation time (the vast majority of them), Americans often don’t take advantage. We like working, or at least we’re so afraid of not working that we deny ourselves breaks that might, paradoxically, make us more productive in the long term. Are we crazy?

Yes, we’re crazy. And it’s killing us and making us kill the world. We have to learn to chill the eff out.

via No-Vacation Nation: Why Don’t Americans Know How to Take a Break? – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic.

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