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Speed Is The ByProduct of Control. Why You Should Learn How To Slow Down.

“These days even instant gratification takes too long.” [actress Carrie Fisher]”

We view time as linear, finite and ever dwindling, so we have become obsessed with speed. Yet constant rushing decreases our quality of life.

“We’re so marinated in the culture of speed that we almost fail to notice the toll it takes on every aspect of our lives – on our health, our diet, our work, our relationships, the environment and our community.”

In response, there has been a “Slow Movement” that has started in Italy and spread worldwide emphasizing savoring all aspects of life, including food and human connection.

“We’re hurrying through our lives instead of actually living them.”

Committing to slowness specially in a society where speed and not necessarily accuracy is going to be very challenging: Speed brings an adrenaline rush and offers a distraction from uneasy introspection, and society currently stigmatizes slowness.

“Wherever you look, the message…is the same: that less is very often more, that slower is very often better.”

Practicing slowness can improve your health, happiness, relationships, community, productivity and creative output.

Individuals, companies, universities, cities and even entire nations have benefited from shifting perspective and embracing slowness.



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Carl Honoré
Journalist & Author


Canadian-born journalist Carl Honoré has written for The Economist, the Houston Chronicle, the Observer, and the National Post, but he is best known for his advocacy of the Slow Movement. A loose and international effort by the harried and haggard to decelerate the pace of their lives, the Slow Movement spans everything from telecommunications (slow email) and health care (slow medicine) to diet (slow food) and public space (slow cities).

Honore's bestselling book In Praise of Slowness plots the lineage of our speed-obsessed society; while it recognizes the difficulty of slowing down, it also highlights the successes of everyday people around the world who have found ways of doing it. Honoré traces his "Aha" moment to his son's bedtime, when Honore would race through storybooks -- skipping pages, reading portions of paragraphs -- to move things along. (He's since reformed.) His latest book, Under Pressure, is about how we are raising a generation of overprogrammed, overachieving and exhausted children.


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