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Written by Edie Weinstein-Moser   
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Imagine taking your time to relish the taste of the food on your plate, carefully chosen to provide the highest nutrient value. How much more would you enjoy the culinary experience, especially in the presence of laughing kindred spirits with whom you have prepared this meal?  Slow Food is also a community-building experience in which my friends and I love to engage.  Think about the people in your life who come from various cultures and ask them to whip up a dish from their family’s country of origin. Side by side on your table could be tandoori massala from India, pierogies from Poland, pasta fagioli from Italy and mabu tofu (spicy tofu) from Japan.
More work, less joy

 In his book “Work To Live,” Joe Robinson states that the average middle income family now works FOUR MONTHS more in total hours than they did in 1979. Citing figures gathered by economists Barry Bluestone and Stephen Rose, he further states:

  • Some 80% of men and 62% of women work more than 40 hours a week, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).
  • Almost 40% of Americans now work more than 50 hours a week, reports U.S. News and World Report and a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation.
  • Americans work up to 12 weeks more in total hours per year than the Europeans (ILO).
  • Half of all U.S. travel is in two or three-day microscopic bits (Travel Industry of America).
  • Twenty-six percent of Americans take no vacation at all (Boston College survey).
  • U.S. vacations are the shortest in the industrialized world--8.1 days after a year on the job (Bureau of Labor Statistics), compared to 4 to 6 weeks for Europeans. Even the Chinese get three weeks off.

Making less work, work

So how can you ‘work to live’ rather than ‘live to work’?  Here are some tips:

  • During your working day, be certain to take some time outs.
  • Stand up and stretch, take a walk around the block or in nature. I’m fortunate that in one place where I work, there are lovely, lush trees and grass to enjoy. I make certain to walk every day even if it is for a few minutes.
  • If possible, create an environment in your office, cubical, counter...wherever you do business, that is nurturing for you and for those you serve.
  • Have inspiring reading material nearby, rather than indulging in the latest gossip magazine during your lunch break. 
  • Listen to music that soothes or energizes you.
  • If at all possible, keep unreasonable over-time to a minimum.
  • Pack your lunch, rather than eating out often. You will not only save money, but calories as well.
  • Above all else, slooowww down and smell the roses. Realize that time with loved ones is precious, and that no one on their death bed has ever regretted not working more hours.


Edie Weinstein-Moser
About the author:

Edie Weinstein-Moser, LSW is a social worker, interfaith minister, writer, speaker and clown, who finds that the peace she discovers on the yoga mat follows her off the mat. She can be reached via her website at www.liveinjoy.com or 215-249-9190.

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