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

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

Apr 19 • 28 min
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 workers…
Egalitarian Relationships
Apr 12 • 37 min
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…
Schedule Chaos
Apr 5 • 36 min
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 down.…
Beyond Inbox Zero
Mar 29 • 30 min
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, and…
Work-Work Conflict
Mar 22 • 29 min
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 quite…
The Calm Company
Mar 15 • 35 min
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…
Introducing Season 2
Mar 5 • 2 min
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 Better…
The Surprising Reason Why the Gender Pay Gap Hasn’t Shrunk
Jul 19, 2018 • 32 min
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 overwork…
Inside A Workaholics Anonymous Meeting
Jul 12, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Even Progressive Offices Fail at Work-Life Balance
Jul 5, 2018 • 26 min
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…
Why You’re Addicted to Being Busy
Jun 28, 2018 • 31 min
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 Dan…
How to Take Summers Off and Still Get Promoted
Jun 21, 2018 • 29 min
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
Jun 15, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Introducing Better Life Lab
May 18, 2018 • 3 min
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 as…