Noble Leisure

How one the most successful tech entrepreneurs in history came to rethink his approach to work-life-balance and what we can learn from it.

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“It is with deep sadness that I observe the current culture of intensity in the tech industry. […] These companies are both destroying the personal lives of their employees and getting nothing in return.”

— Dustin Moskovitz

Whether through personal experience, depictions in movies or shows like The Social Network

A self-study, and initial considerations on sound design for resonance breathing

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[TLDR: I designed soundscapes specifically for resonance breathing, and tested them on myself, showing on average a 25% increase in HRV compared to silence. I have also released the soundscapes for a range of different breathing frequencies on all major music platforms.]

Sounds and music can have a profound impact…

Introducing the Idea of a “Resonance Ratio.”

It is well established that breathing at a certain frequency, known as the resonance frequency, triggers a strong cardiovascular response that maximizes heart rate variability (HRV). Determining this frequency, which varies from person to person, usually forms the starting point for HRV biofeedback training.

What is however less often considered…

Noble Leisure

Wading through the shallows of loneliness to discover deep blissful solitude

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We crave connection.

Whether physical or digital, through active interaction with others or by passively observing their lives through news and social media feeds, we want to be connected.

Connection makes us feel like we are part of a community — even more so in times where being part of…

A detailed study to determine the optimal breathing frequency that maximizes HRV response for biofeedback training

Heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback training promises to strengthen the response of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and increase adaptability and resilience, physiologically as well as mentally.

It relies on the strong coupling between breath and heart, and more specifically the fact that slow breathing at a certain frequency —…

Why absolute and hourly income miss the main point

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Compensation is one of the main criteria for evaluating a job.

A six-figure income has for a long time been a benchmark of success, and what many people — especially millennials — aspire to.

But while absolute salary is a very alluring metric, it only paints a very limited picture…

Max Frenzel, PhD

AI Researcher, Writer, Digital Creative. Passionate about helping you build your rest ethic. Author of the international bestseller Time Off. www.maxfrenzel.com

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