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The Happiness Track: One Truly Urgent Interruption

<em>Edit Article</em> The Happiness Track: One Truly Urgent Interruption

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Get more done faster and better. That seems to be everyone’s modus operandi these days. And with a new year starting, you too may be resolving to become more efficient by procrastinating less, sticking to your to-do lists, and organizing your calendar better.Alas, it doesn’t stop there anymore: Obsessions with efficiency have reached extraordinary levels. One of the latest and most personally jarring examples is the companies springing up around food hacking: that is, developing efficient food replacement products that deliver “optimal” nutrition so you don’t have to waste precious time planning for, shopping for, preparing, cooking, or eating meals. Tellingly, the front page of one of these companies’ website (Soylent) promises “a full day of balanced nutrition made in 3 minutes.” Presumably, these meals—and the pleasure of eating—is like that car theft movie: Gone in 60 Seconds.Not many years ago, a few college students and professionals took Adderall, a prescription psychostimulant (used in the treatment of narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), or other stimulants to get an a …

Emma Seppala, is the author of The Happiness Track and Science Director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research at Stanford Medical School.

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Emma Seppala

Emma Seppälä, PhD, is author of The Happiness Track, founder of, and Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

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