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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman might not yet run the world, but he does run something almost as important: "The Front Page of the Internet." And in the years since he first started the website, Huffman has...
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Every Sunday newspaper supplement invariably carries an interview of some CEO or a leader with an opinion on work-life balance and how this is so vital in today's busy world. The misanthrope in me gets amused. Work-life balance is not a verb or a task that's actionable. It's a state of mind. My position is that for any conscientious person who wants to achieve something for his employer (read the one who signs the cheques that feed your family), work should be life and life should be work...
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While a direct causal linkage between workplace stress and suicide is difficult to establish, no one pays much attention to professional physical and mental depletion until there is a tragedy. The business world has simply not understood the importance of ensuring the personal well-being of their employees.
We all know by now that stress weakens our immune system, increasing our vulnerability to chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Fortunately, we can take measures to counter the negative impact of stress by making simple lifestyle changes and watching the way we eat. After all, scientists now acknowledge that the gut is the "second brain" of the body. A happy, healthy gut can improve our immunity and make us less vulnerable to diseases like diabetes, obesity, chronic fatigue, heart disease, high BP, stroke, arthritis and even some cancers.