Category: The Inconvenient Truth

Is there life after work?

Wonderful reflections from Erin Callan the former chief financial officer of Lehman Brothers:

I didn’t start out with the goal of devoting all of myself to my job. It crept in over time. Each year that went by, slight modifications became the new normal. First I spent a half-hour on Sunday organizing my e-mail, to-do list and calendar to make Monday morning easier. Then I was working a few hours on Sunday, then all day. My boundaries slipped away until work was all that was left.

Inevitably, when I left my job, it devastated me. I couldn’t just rally and move on. I did not know how to value who I was versus what I did. What I did was who I was.

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Why Working More Than 8 Hours A Day Can Kill You

If you’re accustomed to being the last one to leave the office, newresearch may offer you cause to rethink your routine.The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, shows that acombination of stress, raised blood pressure and unhealthy diets stemming from longworking hours may be the cause of thousands of workers’ serious health problems.

The study combined the results of different studies over the last 50 years and found thatspending too long in the office resulted in a 40 to 80 percent greater chance of heartdisease compared to an eight hour work day. Read the whole article…

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Major depressions growing in all age groups

Major depression is the No.1 psychological disorder in the western world.(1) It is growing in all age groups, in virtually every community, and the growth is seen most in the young, especially teens. At the rate of increase, it will be the 2nd most disabling condition in the world by 2020, behind heart disease. Time to Go Slow!

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Fast Living – Fast Food

Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing prevalence in adults and children, and authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. Time to Go Slow!

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Over one million people die by suicide every year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that it is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide and the National Safety Council rates it sixth in the United States.[4] It is a leading cause of death among teenagers and adults under 35. Time to Go Slow!

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What were we thinking?

Former US Surgeon General, Richard Carmona says that ”Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may be looking at the first generation ever that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.” What on earth happened?

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