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Just the title of Annie Murphy Paul's article makes me relax just a bit. While the study shows that people were happier doing mindless, repetitive tasks, most people think that kind of work is demeaning. But with more engaged work came more stress. I love this quote from Dan Willingham that Paul cites from his book Why Don't Kids Like School?: “Contrary to popular belief, the brain is not designed for thinking. It’s designed to save you from having to think, because the brain is actually not very good at thinking. Thinking is slow and unreliable.” Worth pondering. I certainly find myself giving the kitchen a good cleaning, when I know I have a deadline to meet! I can't say I enjoy cleaning, but I enjoy the mindless state it instills...sometimes.
I agree with @rajasikder Saving yourself time doing mindless things might help you day-to-day but thinking deeply and creating something that took time can benefit everyone :)
Funny that you say "Worth pondering" at the end, when it seems like our brains don't like to ponder...
@spudsomma this is a great thought: that we don't actually like thinking at all! As sad as that is, I know there are times when I just want to get back to the routine because it's what my brain is already ready to do, what it's already accustomed to.
@nehapatel, now that would be an interesting study!
I'm sure there are so many different ways this differs between cultures as well.
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