Make your happy hour hap­pier with our guide to good, (mostly) clean sum­mer fun

Learn to sail. Take an ae­rial fit­ness class. De­sign jewelry. Marvel at ar­chi­tec­ture. You get the point: It’s sum­mer, and it’s time to have some fun.

Bloomberg Businessweek (Asia) - - CONTENTS - Kayleen Schae­fer

Want to get a drink af­ter work? You’ve heard the ques­tion— and said “duh”—a thou­sand times. But some peo­ple ac­tu­ally do stuff af­ter leav­ing the of­fice, ac­tual ac­tiv­i­ties that might ac­tu­ally be good for them. In a study pub­lished last year in the Pro­ceed­ings of the Na­tional Acad­emy of Sciences, Stan­ford re­searchers found that spend­ing time in nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments (we’ll con­sider Barns­dall Art Park in Los Angeles one) re­duces neg­a­tive thoughts. The same goes for other “pos­i­tive dis­trac­tions,” such as jump­ing on a

tram­po­line, get­ting DJ lessons, and tak­ing a glass blow­ing class. Al­co­hol can be a pos­i­tive dis­trac­tion—news flash!— but im­bib­ing too much trig­gers the re­lease of stress hor­mones (and who hasn’t downed one too many when the drinks were two for one?). In­stead of booz­ing with co-work­ers, says Ben Waber, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of be­hav­ioral an­a­lyt­ics com­pany Hu­manyze, the bet­ter ca­reer move is to ex­pand your so­cial cir­cle. “Peo­ple who have di­verse net­works tend to be pro­moted faster and get new jobs more quickly,” he says. Here’s how to best take ad­van­tage of that time be­tween turn­ing off your com­puter and turn­ing out the lights. �

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.