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.