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Better Life Lab | The Art and Science of Living a Full and Healthy Life

Slate Magazine

Economists say the way we work has become so stressful it’s now the fifth leading cause of death. Our mission is to find a better way. Explore the art and science of living a full and healthy life with behavioral and social science researchers who ca...Show More

28:56 | Apr 19th

In Japan, workers are so used to working punishingly long hours that dying from overwork is a common phenomenon: so common, in fact, that victim families can and do routinely apply for worker compensation benefits. We hear the stories of Japanese wor...Show More
Egalitarian Relationships

37:06 | Apr 12th

Research shows that egalitarian couples who fairly share work and home responsibilities are happier, healthier and have better sex. But are egalitarian partnerships really possible, especially when U.S. work cultures demand all-out devotion and women...Show More
Schedule Chaos

36:33 | Apr 5th

While an unpredictable schedule has always been a part of a restaurant worker’s experience, the advent of scheduling technology and the pressure to keep labor costs low has turned the schedules - and lives - of restaurant and retail workers upside do...Show More
Beyond Inbox Zero

30:57 | Mar 29th

In a famous 2007 talk at Google, productivity guru Merlin Mann introduced the world to Inbox Zero, his idea of managing the raging river of digital overload. But is such a high standard even possible today? In this episode, we explore Email Mindset, ...Show More
Work-Work Conflict

29:46 | Mar 22nd

You’ve heard of work-life conflict, but when one Stanford researcher looked into how doctors managed it, she discovered another complicating factor: work-work conflict. It's having so many different tasks and responsibilities at work that you can qui...Show More
The Calm Company

35:19 | Mar 15th

When Jason Fried founded Basecamp, he and his partner decided not to focus on growth, but on sustainability, and healthy work-life balance. While Fried’s stance is unorthodox in an economy where success is literally measured by growth, economist  and...Show More
Introducing Season 2

02:50 | Mar 5th

Better Life Lab is back! In Season 2, join host Brigid Schulte as she explores the torture of "Inbox Zero", work schedule chaos, and the Japanese idea of "karoshi" — a sadly common phenomenon where people work so hard they die — and much more. The Be...Show More
The Surprising Reason Why the Gender Pay Gap Hasn’t Shrunk

32:10 | Jul 19th, 2018

It gets more intense every year — the drive to work longer and longer hours. And there’s striking new research that shows that women, who already get paid less than men, are put at a distinct disadvantage by an American job market that rewards overwo...Show More
Inside A Workaholics Anonymous Meeting

23:28 | Jul 12th, 2018

What happens when you can’t stop working? In this episode, the Better Life Lab podcast goes to a workaholics anonymous meeting to find out. We also here from Malissa Clark, a professor of psychology at the University of Indiana and an expert in worka...Show More
Even Progressive Offices Fail at Work-Life Balance

26:27 | Jul 5th, 2018

No meeting Wednesdays and work from home Fridays are not enough.In this episode, you'll find out how employers can really create a healthier and more productive workplace. Tara Oakman, a former Obama White House official who is currently working as a...Show More
Why You’re Addicted to Being Busy

31:43 | Jun 28th, 2018

Email inboxes and push notifications were designed to keep us busy. But when we break it all down and how we think about busyness, we should be paying attention to the way our environment is designed — both at work and at home. Behavioral economist D...Show More
How to Take Summers Off and Still Get Promoted

29:54 | Jun 21st, 2018

Michelle Hickox took summers off and still got promoted. First, she had to believe that she could, then she had to prove to others it was possible. Now she wants everyone to know how she did it. She tells her story to Better Life Lab. 
Your Work May Be Killing You

27:39 | Jun 15th, 2018

Bragging about being overworked is not badge of honor. Economists say the way we work has become so stressful it’s now the fifth leading cause of death. That’s according to Jeff Pfeffer, a Stanford business professor and author of some of the first m...Show More
Introducing Better Life Lab

03:23 | May 18th, 2018

On Better Life Lab, we explore the art and science of living a full and healthy life. The podcast combines the power of storytelling - people sharing their own very real struggles, failings and triumphs with work-life balance – or work-life harmony a...Show More