Tag: Freakonomics

What is the connection between health and wealth?

We all have our own ‘choice’ words to describe work-related stress, but Japanese has one of the most severe.

When I started my career, I always thought they’d have to carry me out of my office ‘in a pine box’ (as my grandmother’s charming expression would have it!). I thought I’d love it so much, I wouldn’t want to retire until I was 80+.

It didn’t take me that many years to realise that those visions might come a lot sooner than I expected if I didn’t stop working.

Over the past week, I suffered a mild cold, and for the first time, discovered that my main concern was  getting well, rather than masking the symptoms sufficiently for me to perform my work duties.

We all want to be healthy, wealthy and wise – and to some extent, these three things may be related – making wise choices can improve our health and wealth, being healthy can help us to increase our wealth and education, and being wealthy often makes obtaining health care and education much easier. But aside from rhyming, what do health and wealth have in common?

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Is it time to quit?

Recently, I filled in the shortest form that I ever saw over the course of my career. It was just a single page. And yet it was more difficult to complete than any of the 30+ page forms I’ve filled out before.

It was a resignation form.

Quitting doesn’t come to many of us easily. No one wants to be a ‘quitter’.

The final chapter of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s excellent book Think Like A Freak, following on from their (Super)Freakanomics fame, is aptly titled ‘The upside of quitting’. They identify three important forces that bias us against quitting:

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