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Would you ever give your friends $20 for having you over for dinner? And what the heck does that have to do with work-life balance? Read on.
Here’s the scenario. Your friends — people you like a lot, but just never see much of — invite you and your significant other over for dinner on a Friday night. You plan to pick up a nice bottle of wine after work, on your way to your friends’ house. You leave work and, rather than pick out the bottle of wine by yourself, you decide to pick up your significant other first because four eyes are better than two.
On your way, you get stuck in a snarl of traffic. A careless driver — probably on her way to her own dinner party — cuts you off so aggressively that you almost hit a car in the lane next to you. Your hackles are up — as are adrenaline and cortisol, which cloud your judgment and shut down the most advanced parts of your brain. By the time you get home to pick up your significant other, you’ve completely forgotten about the wine. Plus, if you delay much more, you’ll be late.