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In Praise of Learned Optimism

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.“ – Noam Chomsky, Linguist, Philosopher, and Cognitive Scientist We write a lot about optimism here at Philosophy of Leisure, and with good reason. Without […]

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October 18, 2021

Embracing a Slow Lifestyle - Philosophy of Leisure

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Embracing a Leisurely Lifestyle in Practice

As we’ve detailed in a post about our philosophy here, our ethos is largely centered around the notion of leisure and embracing a lifestyle of a slower, gentler footprint, and also a mindset of ease and equanimity. It values craftsman, artisanal practices over fast, mass-produced goods, with the phrase “buy less, choose well, make it […]

July 1, 2021

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A Whole Year
of Lovely

Somewhere along the way our society decided that being busy was a status symbol. And technological advances have enabled, and encouraged, us to be always available.
Yet leisure and rest help us to think more clearly, decide more logically, consume more wisely, innovate and create more freely, and connect more deeply. It's about having the space to build the life we choose, rather than having one thrust upon us, by default.

Five Prompts for a Less harried life