The Functional Alibi—Embrace This Quick Psychological Trick to Erase Relaxation Guilt

Do you ever wish that you could come back from vacation and let anyone who asks know that you did nothing but sit on the beach reading novels? If so, you are not alone.

In a culture that prizes constant productivity, it’s hard to truly relax. Anat Keinan, Associate Professor, reveals a helpful trick in Fast Company Magazine. Current research has shown that busyness has become our new status symbol. An endless desire to be productive is spilling into our personal lives – time off more often than not takes the form of climbing the highest mountains, building houses for those in need, running marathons, and so on. Even Kim Kardashian, Mark Zuckerberg, along with a long list of celebrities, are compelled to balance their public excesses with “humblebragging” about their 80-hour workweeks, and achieving their self-imposed ‘personal challenges.’

If working vacations aren’t on your bucket list, and taking more time for yourself is, read Keinan’s full article here.

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