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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Deloitte research reveals significant return on investment for workplace mental health programs

Median annual ROI more than double for every dollar spent by companies with programs in place for more than three years.

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019

Health Experts Recommend Standing Up At Desk, Leaving Office, Never Coming Back

In an effort to help working individuals improve their fitness and well-being, experts at the Mayo Clinic issued a new set of health guidelines Thursday recommending that Americans stand up at their desk, leave their office, and never return.

Monday, Oct 21, 2019

Why Office Workers Can’t Sleep (and Why That’s Bad)

Ever since the discovery that light—and particularly blue light—can suppress melatonin and alter the timing of our circadian clocks, evidence has been building that exposure to even low levels of light in the evening and during the early part of the night may be affecting the quality of our sleep.

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019

Dancing May Be the Best Form of Exercise

The trouble with exercise is that it’s easy to avoid. Only 23% of American adults meet the federal recommendations for two hours and 30 minutes of weekly aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises. The reasons are plentiful, mostly involving motivation and time. And herein lies the beauty of dance.

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019

How One CEO Used His Experience With Burnout To Better Support His Employees' Mental Health

I interviewed Joel and Courtney Seiter, Buffer’s director of people, to learn more about Joel’s personal experience as well as how Buffer has been thoughtful about its team’s mental health.

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

Leadership Coach Leo Widrich on Emotional Wellness for Distributed Workers

In this episode, Leo shares tips for distributed workers on how to build healthy habits and avoid the “loneliness spiral.”

Thursday, Aug 15, 2019

Living Near Trees, Not Just Green Space, Improves Wellbeing

New research finds that, when a neighborhood’s green space leads to better health outcomes, tree canopy provides most of the benefits.

Monday, Aug 12, 2019

‘It’s a superpower’: how walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier

Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara believes that plenty of regular walking unlocks the cognitive powers of the brain like nothing else. He explains why you should exchange your gym kit for a pair of comfy shoes and get strolling.

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019

What I Know About: Being Sick at Work

I’ve spent a lot of time working on skills to make it easier for me to exist in a professional environment. This includes figuring out what accommodations I need, how to ask for help, and what to tell my coworkers when they (understandably) have questions.

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019

The Loneliness Epidemic Is So Bad, World Leaders Have Been Forced to Intervene

When politicians are staging national interventions to force us to connect with each other — and actually spending real money on the problem — you know it’s a genuine crisis.

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

One day of paid work a week is all we need to get mental health benefits of employment

“We know unemployment is often detrimental to people’s wellbeing, negatively affecting identity, status, time use, and sense of collective purpose. We now have some idea of just how much paid work is needed to get the psychosocial benefits of employment – and it’s not that much at all.”

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019

No, Night Owls Aren’t Doomed to Die Early

Despite alarmist headlines and a study that suggested morning people live longer, the truth is more complicated.

How modern life is transforming the human skeleton

From the emergence of a spiky growth at the back of some people’s skulls to the enigmatic finding that our elbows are getting narrower, our bones are changing in surprising ways.

Thursday, Jun 20, 2019

Burnout is Now an Official Medical Condition

Burnout is real, and it now has its own distinction with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a legitimate medical syndrome.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

City life damages mental health in ways we’re just starting to understand

Urban dwellers are particularly at risk from the impacts of air pollution and other hazards on mental health.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber?

A small body of evidence suggests that when it comes to decision making, indoor air may matter more than we have realized.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

You’re not getting enough sleep—and it’s killing you

“The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children. It’s a silent sleep loss epidemic. It’s fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century,”

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer

By raising levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol, our phone time may also be threatening our long-term health.

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019

How living on the wrong side of a time zone can be hazardous to your health

We also set up conflicts between our natural and social clocks in other, less obvious ways, a fact underscored in research published this month in the Journal of Health Economics. It turns out, the study found, that living on the wrong side of a time zone’s boundary can have negative consequences on a person’s health and wallet.

Monday, Apr 8, 2019

From moms to medical doctors, burnout is everywhere these days

A common ailment is going around, and you probably know someone plagued by it. Caused in part by social media, the 24-hour news cycle and the pressure to check work email outside of office hours, it could hit you, too — especially if you don’t know how to nip it in the bud. Burnout is everywhere.