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More Are Less Rushed Than Ever

So maybe the real problem is not feeling stressed enough?

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A recent study by social psychologist John Robinson, a professor at the University of Maryland, reviewed national surveys from 1965 to 2010 (ironically, the latest such data available) and found startling results.Despite all the TV ads aimed at the overwhelmed housewife, books on time management, and devices for the incurable multitasker, only 25 percent of Americans reported feeling rushed all the time, the lowest number since the 1970s.Robinson also looked at happiness and found something else unexpected. The happiest people in the study were not just feeling rushed (a well-documented finding); in addition to that, they said they always had something to do with their free time. Not knowing what to do with your free time, Robinson says “[is] a psychological state which indicates that I don’t really have something useful to do with my time.” Although the study wasn’t designed to explain why these people were happier, it does suggest that just having large amount of free time is no longer the path to happiness.When it comes to being rushed, Judy Wajcman, author of Pressed for Time: The Acceleration …

Jason Drwal is a freelance writer, blogger, psychologist, and avid practitioner of mindfulness.


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