The “Effective Dose” of Work You Need to Feel Fulfilled Is Surprisingly Low

Now that the World Health Organization has officially recognized the symptoms of ‘workplace burnout’, it’s clear that the mental health effects of too much work are a global concern. While it may feel tempting to walk away from work altogether, scientists warn that not working is also linked to mental health issues. As a paper published Tuesday in Social Science & Medicine, there’s an “effective dose” of work we should be doing each week to reap the rewards — and it’s not that much. Indeed eight hours a week would be enough for average worker.” As part of…

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The friend effect: why the secret of health and happiness is surprisingly simple

People who eat socially are more likely to feel better about themselves. Photograph: PeopleImages/Getty Images For some, eating alone can be a joyous thing: forking mouthfuls of pasta straight from the pan, peanut butter licked off a spoon, the unbridled pleasure of walking home from the chippie alone on a cold night. But regularly eating meals in isolation is a different story. This one factor is more strongly associated with unhappiness than any other apart from (unsurprisingly) having a mental illness. This is according to a new study by Oxford Economics that…

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