Written by Chris Russell.
In an ‘always on’ world enabled by hyperconnectivity, divisions between office and home, and work and the rest are becoming increasingly porous, with a new email notification never far away. As such, the attendant stresses and strains of work are multiplying all the time.
But is it really necessary, and does it even get the best results? In her new book The Happiness Track, Emma Seppala, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, draws upon the latest research to argue that these high-intensity work styles are fundamentally misguided, and it is time for change. As she writes in the book, “We have simply accepted overextension as a way of life.” In this interview, Seppala, who previously lived and worked in Shanghai, sets out why that’s a mistake and what we can do to improve our wellbeing.
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