The very first thing I see upon exiting the plane recently in Tokyo’s Narita airport? A sign to McDonald’s! It made me laugh and also feel a little closer to home. McDonald’s is indeed worldwide and thus their marketing campaigns are recognized across the globe. This one, however, has special appeal. Popular in the United States for years, was the slogan “You Deserve a Break Today” and the implication was that you should go to McDonald’s to get said break snacks. If you think about it, the bigger question here is why does a fast food company need to remind us to take a break and take care of ourselves? Aside from the irony of the “care” or nutrients in their food, are we so very nose down, guilt ridden over relaxing, and convinced that we must work 700 hours a day in order to be successful ,that we must hear some slogan twice that many times a day to give ourselves permission to actually stop and eat? Yep, that was a mouthful, but just in case I’ve hit a nerve, on the day we celebrate a work holiday in the US, here are 18 MORE reasons you deserve a break today and have every right to give yourself permission to do so.