Feeling Busy is Good for Your Health

Recently, a simple yet fascinating study was conducted at the global business school INSEAD, which has campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi, along with the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Pennsylvania, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of “feeling busy,” in terms of self-esteem as well as in the ability to make healthy choices. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

The researchers began the study by dividing a random set of people into two groups: a control group that was given no psychological input; and a second group of individuals who, by means of subtle psychological techniques, were led to believe that they were busy.

After the researchers succeeded in making the second group feel that they were relatively busy people compared to their peers, they asked the participants to make a series of choices. By analyzing the choices, the researchers were able to determine how feeling busy influenced self-control and self-esteem.

The researchers asked participants to make the types of choices that people make on a daily basis. For example, participants were asked about which foods to eat – healthy or unhealthy foods, whether or not to exercise, whether to spend or to save money, along with other similar questions.

The conclusions of the study are best summed up in the words of Prof. Chattopadhay of INSEAD, the lead author of the study: “Every day we make decisions that involve choosing between our immediate and future well-being. When we perceive ourselves to be busy, it boosts our self-esteem, tipping the balance in favor of the more virtuous choice.”

The authors were careful to point out that individuals who feel far too busy (or indeed are far too busy) often have greater anxiety, greater feelings of stress, and consequently often make worse decisions. As is always the case, balance is needed for optimum health.

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Our outstanding Social Services team works hard to ensure that every resident thrives socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

We promote a culture of independence, crucial for emotional, social, and physical health. Residents are encouraged to choose their activity and meal preferences, and to perform tasks and activities as self-sufficiently as possible.

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