The scientific case for being super busy

We complain a lot about our packed schedules, but new research suggests we should stop treating busyness as a burden, and start embracing it for our health

Keeping busy is connected to intelligence levels.
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At some point, our lives went from busy to super busy to crazy busy. But despite our packed schedules, we still seem to find ample time to complain about how busy we are. All this busyness distracts, causes stress, and undermines our health — or so we're told. We're constantly bombarded with headlines screaming at us to Slow down! Unplug! Be mindful! We have framed the act of being busy as a burden. Busy is bad.

But in a new study, scientists found evidence that keeping an active schedule might not be so bad, after all. In fact, it might actually improve cognitive function as we age. In other words, being busy may be good for the brain.

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