The Weekend Effect: The Life-Changing Benefits of Taking Time Off and Challenging the Cult of Overwork

The Weekend Effect: The Life-Changing Benefits of Taking Time Off and Challenging the Cult of Overwork

by Katrina Onstad


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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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062440181
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 803,830
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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

Acknowledgments 261

Notes 265

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