Soaking in Nature: The Benefits of Forest Bathing

Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) originated in Japan in the early 1980s as a way to address some of the urban stressors in a nation whose urban population density is tops in the world. Combine that with a work-first culture, and it's no wonder that the Japanese were pioneers in addressing the health issues inherent in the urban workplace. One important factor: despite their density, Japanese cities also have a remarkable amount of urban green space. 

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Don't Let Bad "Workations" Hijack Your Work-Life Balance

"Workation," obviously is a mash-up of "work" and "vacation." It doesn't take a behavioral psychologist to see the issues this stirs up. First and foremost is the slow disappearance of the vacation altogether, and the obvious collateral impact of replacing dedicated leisure with more work. That said, for better or for worse the term is here, and it's likely here to stay. So perhaps the most constructive approach to reconciling with this fact is an attempt at separating "good workations" from "bad workations."

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Why Your Workers Need Nature (And How to Give it to Them)

It's no secret that the workplace is changing and has been for some time. Gone are the lines of zombie-eyed suits sloughing through office doorways at 8:59, the pounding fluorescent beams bouncing off muted walls. The clock-punching drudgery of days past is certainly not something today's confident and vibrant workforce aspires to. And, of course, it's not an identity that forward-thinking business owners and managers want to project, either.

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