Invest in “Do-Nothing” Time
Americans could use a little dose of “La Dolce Far Niente,” or “the sweetness of doing nothing,” something the Italians and many other cultures have mastered. In America, we don’t feel our time is well spent unless we’re either producing or consuming, says social psychologist Robert V. Levine, author of A Geography of Time: On Tempo, Culture, and the Pace of Life ($19, amazon.com), which is a limited (and frankly, stressful) perspective. In other parts of the world, such as India, it’s normal for people to enjoy each others’ company without activity or even conversation.
Investing in do-nothing time will help us slow down and experience a different pace of life, in which time’s value is not measured by its productivity.