“You know what really needs attention? What working like crazy and taking no time off really gets us”

Washington Post contributor Brigid Schulte has a brief piece explaining why overwork is bad for you.

Forget Russian figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia spinning in a blur with her leg impossibly held straight up against her ear…. The image that stands out most in my mind during the broadcast of the 2014 Winter Olympics? The Cadillac commercial with a boxy, middle-aged white guy in a fancy house striding purposefully from his luxurious swimming pool to his $75,000 luxury Cadillac ELR parked out front while extolling the virtues of hard work, American style.

Like Schulte, I think the commercial is clever, and yet completely wrong-headed (though I've always liked Neal McDonough). As she puts it,

So yes, America, work hard. Hoo-ah American ingenuity, gumption and drive. But remember that inspiration comes in the shower, on a walk, in a moment of rest, not when your nose is to the grindstone. It’s just the way our brains are wired.

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