When we came up with the idea to report on what we were calling “the cult of busy,” we immediately knew this story had to be written.
Many of us are working parents; all of us juggle our jobs, our relationships, the running of our households, our hobbies and workout routines. None of us feels like we have enough time to do it all, or at least not well.
Editor Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson set out to find the perfect freelancer to report and write the story . . . only to be told, again and again, “Nope, sorry, too busy.” Of course. And so it felt slightly ironic that Elizabeth—a card-carrying member of the cult—would step up and volunteer to write the story herself.
Her cover story, “The Cult of Busy”, does a wonderful job of pulling together a history of how we got to this point, an explanation of the toll such a hectic lifestyle takes on our health, and—most importantly—some guidance on how we might begin to slow things down a bit. I encourage you to find a comfy spot, sit down, breathe, and read her story.
While you’re at it, you can take a little more time to learn about how fasting might actually make our brains work better [“Expert Advice”], get advice from a registered dietitian about how to pick a good cooking oil [“Survey”], or learn about the fascinating work of neuroscientists who are trying to understand the brain’s role in creating our appreciation for art, music, and architecture [“The Biology of Beauty”].
If you’re a member of the cult of busy, taking time to read this magazine and think about your health is a good first step. Enjoy the issue, and please send any comments to us via email.
Originally from Italy, Livia Cives (“Time to Vaccinate”) is an illustrator working in Stockholm. Her signature style combines traditional pen and ink with digital manipulation. An illustration that appeared in Johns Hopkins Magazine earned her a gold medal in the scientific category of the AI Annual Awards 2016.
Carlyn Kolker (“Staying Home”) is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. A former reporter for Bloomberg News and Reuters, she is working on a book about speech and language development in young children.
Formerly a senior writer for Johns Hopkins Magazine, Baltimore-based Michael Anft (“Understanding Inflammation”) writes for publications such as AARP The Magazine and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. He is developing a TV drama based on human trafficking.
Jun Cen (“Short-Sheeting Sleep”) is a New York-based illustrator and animator. His work can be seen in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Verge, and more.