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Living the Swedish Dream

It’s no secret that North Americans are some of the hardest working people in the world.

And our friends from ‘Murica claim they are the hardest working people in the world. Even more than the English, Germans, and until recently, the Japanese.

Okay, so we all work hard. That’s good, right? Isn’t that supposed to build character or something? Well, yes, but we also take fewer vacations and retire later, too. Not so good.



But it looks like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. To live the (North) American Dream, we need to start thinking like a Swede.

Last month, it was reported that companies in Sweden are introducing the idea of a six-hour workday.

Say what, RiRi?

Sounds like a pretty good idea to me! *writes blog post after-hours at the office*

Not only has research shown that people are happier, apparently it makes people work harder too. Shaving two hours off a workday makes people more productive, and gives us the energy and motivation to get more done in a shorter amount of time. Research has shown that workers engage in fewer staff conflicts, exercise more, and want to learn new things!


With a six-hour work day, he’ll learn.

Not only does the six-hour work day improve the economy and generate more profit, it also has outstanding benefits on our overall health. According to The Guardian, those who work more than 55 hours per week have a 33% increased risk of stroke compared with those who work a 35- to 40-hour week.


Just imagine how much debt our health care system could avoid if we only worked two hours less each day.

How long do you think it’ll take before we smarten up and work less? Let us know your thoughts on the six-hour work day in the comments below!




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