Feeling “Busy” Leads to Healthy Choices

Recently, a fascinating yet simple study was conducted at the global business school INSEAD, which has campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi, along with the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Pennsylvania, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of “feeling busy,” in terms of self-esteem as well as in the ability to make healthy choices. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

The team of researchers began the study by dividing a random set of people into two groups: a control group, which was given no psychological input; and a second group of individuals who, by means of subtle psychological techniques, were led to believe that they were busy.

After the researchers succeeded in making the psychologically-manipulated people feel that they were relatively busy people compared to their peers, they asked the participants to make a series of choices. By analyzing the choices, the researchers were able to determine how feeling busy related self-control and self-esteem.

The researchers were careful to avoid questions of great urgency, for example questions of life-and-death. Instead the participants were asked to make the types of choices that people make on a daily basis. For example, participants were asked about which foods to eat – healthy or unhealthy foods, whether or not to exercise, whether to spend or to save money, along with other similar questions.

The conclusions of the study are best summed up in the words of Prof. Chattopadhay of INSEAD, the lead author of the study: “Every day we make decisions that involve choosing between our immediate and future well-being. When we perceive ourselves to be busy, it boosts our self-esteem, tipping the balance in favor of the more virtuous choice.”

The authors were careful to point out that individuals who feel far too busy, or indeed are far too busy, often have greater anxiety, greater feelings of stress, and consequently often make worse decisions. As is always the case, balance is needed for optimum health.

At the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers we know that an active, involved and rewarding lifestyle is vital to our residents’ total well-being. For that reason, our recreation staff is much larger than a typical facility of similar size.

We have a comprehensive and stimulating array of programs is designed to appeal to a variety of tastes, interests and levels of ability, and is offered seven days a week. With an emphasis on empowering our residents, our recreational programs encourage patients and residents to fulfill their potential and remain engaged and involved. Individually tailored activities and programs include live entertainment, lectures, trips and events that encourage socialization and a healthy sense of “feeling busy.”

Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.

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