Italians have the right idea about lunch: they’ll take a long break, digest their meal, maybe even have a quick nap, and then go back to work. Things are similar in São Paolo, where everyone has a proper feed and a catch-up before getting back to it.
By contrast, the Great British lunch hour has recently become a miserly 28 minutes. At least according to research late last year from Mastercard and Ipsos MORI. Their survey also found that while only 17% of British employees take their full lunchbreak, 12% barely ever have one at all.
It’s a common trap. When the work is piling up, our inner taskmaster can easily convince us to stay at the desk, even if a break would clearly work wonders on our flagging ideas and haggard posture.
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