The Benefits of Doing More — or Less
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because getting the most out of our lives isn’t about supersizing them — or scaling them back too much.
Attention, drivers: You might want to think twice before flipping the bird at that morning cycling group for slowing down your commute. In fact, you should probably thank them. A new study suggests that more bikes actually make roads safer for cyclists and motorists — a finding that could have national implications as more and more Americans hop on two wheels. It could all come down to “safety in numbers,” or there’s the possibility that cyclists simply gravitate toward safer streets. Whatever the reason, if it’s boosting ridership and hopefully road safety as well, what could possibly be next? Protected bike lanes? Read the story here.
We often hear that “less is more.” Turns out, there’s a morsel of truth in the saying — at least when it comes to food. And now scientists — not just fancy chefs and culinary snobs — have proved it. If you want to enjoy your wine or your meal more, take it slow and small. Forswear overindulging, and you’ll take greater pleasure from what you’re ingesting, researchers have found. That’s almost counterintuitive to practices in many popular, less chichi eateries — and even in our own homes: Think massive food-centric celebrations, whether a big, fat Greek wedding or Thanksgiving dinner. Bigger? Ain’t always better. Read the story here.
If you see your employees texting away or playing Candy Crush on their smartphones, resist the urge to put an immediate stop to it. Turns out, smartphone breaks at work aren’t such a bad idea. A new small study shows that the average worker spends a surprisingly small percentage of the workday on a smartphone — not much more than an occasional bathroom break. In the study, the participants noted how they felt about their well-being at the end of each workday. The workers who took “microbreaks” were happier come quitting time, having been able to check in with family or friends or play a quick stress-relieving game. But this study doesn’t mean every human resources department should start advocating for iPhone time. Read the story here.