Starved for Time? Give Some Away

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: A sense of ”time famine,” which has reached epidemic levels in modern society, can wreak havoc on one’s psychological and physical health. A new study suggests a counterintuitive remedy: Give some of your precious time away to other people.In one of several experiments exploring variations on this theme, 45 minutes into a one-hour laboratory session at an East Coast university, 136 students either were asked to help an “at risk” student by editing a college essay, for 15 minutes, or told that someone else had already done the editing — so they were free to leave class early, and spend the time windfall however they pleased. The students who stayed to do volunteer work were less inclined than the others to say that time was their “scarcest resource,” and they also reported (on a 11-point scale) the impression that, in general, they had more time to spare.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img