Reading List – First Quarter 2018

It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of the year has passed already.  This post is my quarterly summary of links that aim to provide inspiration for those hoping to slow down and enjoy a less busy life. As well as digital links I’ve also included a list of books and magazines for those who prefer their reading time offline.

This quarter sees the inclusion of a range of articles that question how slow living can impact on, and is impacted by, our work life. Will we all be working less in the future? Could this be the future of work? Some food for thought for those who question the traditional views of work and are looking for a more balanced lifestyle. Enjoy.


By slowing down, we will be happier

Why the Slow Living Movement is Everything We Need Right Now

10 Little Pleasures to Help You De-Stress

Busyness: a tragic tale of woe at work

Leisure, the Basis of Culture via Brain Pickings

Why a 30-Hour Workweek Is Good for Business

Are You Ready for a ‘Busy Boycott’?

The Counterintuitive Reason You Need To Quit More Things Earlier

Birdsong can boost mental well-being for more than four hours, scientists find

The Wisdom of Our Body: Slow Down and Tune In to Take Care of Yourself

Get off the Busy Train with 10 Easy Practices

Let go of the fantasy of being on top of things – those days are gone

Screen Time Linked to Lower Levels of Happiness in Teenagers, Study Finds

How to have a healthier relationship with your phone

Watching David Attenborough documentaries just as good for self-improvement as meditation, says new study

Eating slowly may help prevent obesity, say researchers

The Cult of Busy

Simple is the New Black

Ten Keys to Happier Living

Are digital detoxes complete BS?

Escape the cult of busy by working smarter rather than harder

3 Places You Should Ban Your Family’s Devices

Why Slowing Down Your Kid’s Schedule Can Be A Good Thing

Americans don’t need more money to be happier—they need to be like Denmark

12 science-backed reasons you should spend more time outside

‘Heck it was productive’: New Zealand employees try four-day week


The Joy of Doing Nothing: A Real-Life Guide to Stepping Back, Slowing Down, and Creating a Simpler, Joy-Filled Life – Rachel Jonet

The Sloth Who Came to Stay – Margaret Wise

The Book That Takes it’s Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness – Flow Magazine

Flow Magazine – Celebrating creativity, imperfection and life’s little pleasures.


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