Different cultures expect a different amount of working hours from working people. Make a serious argument for why either you, or your entire society, should have more time away from work.
I used to have a job where I worked four days a week, ten hours a day. It was great having three days off. The three days enabled me to get a lot of things done. I knew I had a day to do errands and the other two days I could do whatever I wanted without worrying about not having enough time to relax. By the third day, I could feel all the stress leave me. I was ready to run three miles.
As the working situation is now, we get eight hours to work, eight to sleep and eight hours to do whatever we want. But we don’t really get any time to really relax. When you take into account the eight hours we get to do whatever we want, it’s not really true. In those eight hours, we have to cook, run errands, spend time traveling to work, visit a doctor, handle any emergencies that might arise, clean up, etc. So those eight hours we have to “do nothing” are full of things we must do to keep life running smoothly. That leaves us with little “downtime”. We’re perpetually running to and from some place. We rarely have time to sit and chat with someone, or just relax. That’s why there are so many people on tranquilizers. It’s the only way they can relax.
So four days of work sounds a great way to solve the problem of stress. The three days off from work will give people time to de-stress. They’ll go back to work relaxed and ready to give their best to work. And just knowing that it’s only four days of work really helps to put a smile on someone’s face.
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