I enjoyed Journalist Carl Honore's talk on TED, "In Praise of Slowness." Honore asserts that with our obsession with being fast and first, we westerners sacrifice not only our quality of life but our health as well. He urges us to slow down and points out the multitude of benefits to doing so. You can watch his talk here
You may also want to pay a visit to the website, Slow Movement which "supports a growing cultural shift towards slowing down. On this site we discuss how we have lost connection to most aspects of our life and to the natural world and rhythms around us, and how we can reconnect – how we can live a connected life. The Slow Movement is a worldwide movement to recapture Meaningful Connection this state of connectedness. The movement is gaining momentum, as more and more people recognize their discomfort at the fast pace and disconnected nature of their lives."