Recharging vs. enduring

From bestselling authors Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan in a recent Harvard Business Review piece, “Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure“:

“A resilient child is a well-rested one. When an exhausted student goes to school, he risks hurting everyone on the road with his impaired driving; he doesn’t have the cognitive resources to do well on his English test; he has lower self-control with his friends; and at home, he is moody with his parents. Overwork and exhaustion are the opposite of resilience. And the bad habits we learn when we’re young only magnify when we hit the workforce.”

The article then goes on to share some compelling research showing the importance of real “recovery periods,” and the distinction between simply stopping your work and actually recovering from the time spent doing it. It’s worth a read for students looking to get an edge without necessarily adding more hours of work to the day, and for parents who may welcome a reminder that the strategically placed video game session or other completely-non-school-related distraction can actually be a long-term improver of mind, health, and performance.