Research finds that key to creative energy and productivity is real time away and rest- both internal and external

Interesting research is demonstrating what we have suspected for a while- that it isn’t enough to just stop working to really recharge (especially if we keep thinking and worrying about work while ‘resting’). What is really needed is both internal rest, such as doing something mindless and restful, like daydreaming, reading a fiction book, etc, and external rest, such as gardening or hanging out with friends. This counteracts the prevailing American ideal of work and productivity, which views constant work, sleep sacrifice, and burnout as hallmarks of productivity. Recent books such as Arianna Huffington’s Sleep Revolution, Carl Honore’s In Praise of Slow , and the WELL Building Standards’s MIND Feature  have challenged this ideal, showing in fact that this constant busyness is counterproductive and ineffective. This research supports this growing trend of acknowledging the role of rest for renewal and productivity, and health and well-being. See the full article here.

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Loving relationships and the ability to cope with stress so that we don’t push these relationships away are found to be the key to longevity and good health.

1240215_origFindings from a new longitudinal study on men’s health have found that one of the key factors in longevity and health are close, loving relationships as well as the ability to cope with stress and grief in a way that doesn’t push these relationships away. See the full article here.