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Slow down

The Ja­panese are so used to over­work­ing them­selves to death, they even have a term for it: karōshi. The deaths caused by pun­ish­ingly long hours have us re­flect­ing on our own work-life bal­ance. With the hol­i­day sea­son, there is daunt­ing ten­sion to meet dead­lines be­fore the long break, and some­times even hav­ing to work through it.

This month, we of­fer a dif­fer­ent type of mer­ri­ment for the hol­i­days: one that sug­gests re­flec­tion and dis­con­nec­tion.

On the cover, mil­len­nial cre­ative com­pany Se­ri­ous Stu­dio teaches us the im­por­tance of ex­tended breaks for the mind. In­side, we go through the gift op­tions of cul­tural ad­vo­cates with sus­tain­abil­ity in mind, tour an un­ex­pected space for those with ad­ven­ture in their soul, look at the evo­lu­tion of car­ol­ing, and give you tips on how to curb the bloat of hol­i­day feast­ing. This month, do your mind a fa­vor and slow down a bit. Har­ness what­ever cre­ativ­ity you can be­fore fac­ing the new year.

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