De-atomization is the secret to happiness

Nat Eliason writes about how we're making it hard for ourselves to become happy by reducing activities to hyper-focussed but anemic versions of them.

We separate “I’m working” and “I’m playing.” We want to make everything extremely efficient, so we opt for going for a run alone instead of trying to link up with people along the way. We need to “be productive” so we don’t work from a coffee shop with friends.