Why Doing Nothing Is the Key to Happiness

January 22, 2015 5:31 PM

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Attention and focus are hard to come by. Starbucks built a $13 billion business because we need help paying attention. Psychiatrists increasingly diagnose "adult attention deficit disorder" and prescribe Ritalin for grownups who can't focus or pay attention. But are coffee and prescription speed the answers to our modern distractions?

Our attention is derailed by email, iPhones, the bing of a new text message, by bad news on television and the stresses of work, relationships and family. It's easy to be overwhelmed and miss the extraordinary gift of being alive. Our bodies break down under the onslaught -- insomnia, anxiety, depre...

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