Staff Pick: The Importance Of Rest

Aug 6, 2019

For most of us, overwork is the new normal, and rest is an afterthought. But by dismissing the importance of rest in our lives we may be stifling our talents and abilities. This episode picked by producer Benjamin Bombard.

  Today, we’re talking about the value of rest. Of taking a break. From everything. For most of us, overwork is the new normal and rest is an afterthought. But the scholar Alex Soojung-Kim Pang says that by dismissing the importance of rest in our lives we stifle our ability to think creatively and truly recharge. Pang will join us to talk about his new book that examines why long walks, afternoon naps, vigorous exercise, and "deep play" stimulate creative work and sustain creative lives.

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is a visiting scholar at Stanford University. His writing has appeared in Scientific American, the Atlantic, and Slate.com, among many others. He's the founder of the Restful Company, a consulting group inspired by his new book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less [Independent bookstores|Amazon].