According to a new book, if you think work is easier now than it was for our ancestors, think again. The common thinking is that our ancestors labored from dawn til dusk and never had any time for leisure. But according to the author, the average medieval worker only put in a total of 200 days of work per year! Yes, their day went from dawn to dusk, sixteen hours in summer and eight in winter, but they stopped for breakfast, lunch, an afternoon nap, dinner, and sometimes even mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshment breaks. Ah yes, but our life expectancy is longer. So we’ve got that going for us. Which is nice.