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Encroaching work demands—coupled with domestic chores, overbooked schedules, and the incessant pinging of our devices—have taken a toll on what used to be our free time: the weekend. With no space to tune out and recharge, every aspect of our lives is suffering: our health is deteriorating, our social networks (the face-to-face kind) are dissolving, and our productivity is down. The notion of working less and living more, once considered an American virtue, has given way to the belief that you must be “on” 24/7.
Award-winning journalist Katrina Onstad, pushes back against this all-work, no-fun ethos. Tired of suffering from Sunday night letdown, she digs into the history, positive psychology, and cultural anthropology of the great missing weekend and how we can revive it.
Onstad follows the trail of people, companies, and countries who are vigilantly protecting their time off for joy, adventure, and most important, purpose. Filled with personal and professional inspiration, The Weekend Effect is a thoughtful, well-researched argument to take back those precious 48 hours, and ultimately, to save ourselves.
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About the Author
KATRINA ONSTAD is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and Elle. Her novels include How Happy to Be and the national bestseller Everybody Has Everything, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Table of Contents
Sunday Night Letdown 1
Chapter 1 What Is a Weekend? 7
Chapter 2 The Rise and Fall of the Weekend 14
Chapter 3 The Need to Connect 84
Chapter 4 Binge, Buy, Brunch, Basketball: Better Recreation 134
Chapter 5 Do Less and Be More at Home 189
Chapter 6 The Power of Beauty 225
Chapter 7 Manifesto for a Good Weekend 256