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When Priorities Clash, Time Seems Shorter

January 13, 2015 “It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.” That's a quote from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Perhaps Rowling isn't as profound as Einstein, but research shows that this insight about the...

How Much Sleep Do Americans Trade for Work?

December 16, 2014 Among my Type A, career-minded friends, I've heard two opposing types of personal mantras for the amount of sleep a person should get. The first: 8 hours of sleep will help you be more awake and aware, and then you can work harder. The second: Sleep is for losers. The...

The Wasted Workday

December 5, 2014 We know Americans spend a lot of time at the office. According to the American Time Use Survey, we spend 8.7 hours at work on an average work day. Each year, we work roughly 1,790 hours, which is just slightly higher than the OECD average. But what happens during the...

Can Your Job Help Your Brain Age More Gracefully?

November 25, 2014 For the most part, I've never felt self-conscious about my memory skills until I heard of the world of memory championships. With intense training and special techniques, memory champions can memorize and write down hundreds of numbers or words in just 15 minutes. For those of us who don't have...

Why Do Workers Feel So Unhappy?

November 4, 2014 Being unhappy at work is such a cliché, and unfortunately for companies it also looks like an expensive one. Research on worker happiness has linked it to 12 percent more productivity, and businesses with happy employees beat their peers by 3.8 percent in the stock market. A Gallup report tallies...

Clocks Make Workers Less Creative

October 6, 2014 I love the phrase "It's 5 o'clock somewhere." For most people, the saying conjures up an image of an over-eager happy-hour partaker, but it's always made me think of someone, somewhere, leaving their office after a hard day's work. The length of the workday, for many workers, is defined by...

The Honey Lobby Is Demanding That the Government Define Honey

October 2, 2014 What is honey? The answer may seem obvious: It's the gooey substance that often sweetens a mug of hot tea. It's what Jews dip apple slices into to celebrate the new year. It's a remedy for coughs, an ingredient in some chapsticks, and a path to shinier hair (some believe)....

Do High-School Students With Jobs Make More Money Later in Life?

September 5, 2014 Remember the job you had in high school? Scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins, babysitting for a neighbor, or a cashier at the mall? For me, it was a receptionist job at my friend’s dad’s place—a doctor’s office. Such drudgery has always been thought to come with a hidden bonus:...