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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


The Paradox of Overchoice: Too Many Options

“People of the future may suffer not from an absence of choice but from a paralyzing surfeit of it. They may turn out to be victims of that peculiarly super-industrial dilemma: overchoice.” — Alvin Toffler, Future Shock (1970) It’s been said that having too much choice can be its own sort of poverty, as we […]

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September 27, 2021


The Four Most Important Questions in Finding One’s Purpose

“Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most.” – NAVAL RAVIKANT The search for meaning and purpose is one of life’s great existential tasks. We may not realize that’s what we’re doing when we leave a job, relationship or city of origin, or when we marry, choose a new […]

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July 8, 2021


Meet Our Founder: DeeAnne Chomiak

Although adamant about not making Philosophy of Leisure about herself, we couldn’t resist sharing more with you about who’s behind this brand. Our founder DeeAnne Chomiak, can be described as many things, answers to many names, is known for many accomplishments over her lifetime, and is well-loved for all the attributes of herself – which […]

July 7, 2021

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The Enneagram Centers of Intelligence

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN As humans, we operate from three main centers of intelligence – the Body, which is our instinctual nature; the Heart, our emotional center; and the Head, our intellectual core. We use these three centers to process the world around us and decide how […]

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July 5, 2021

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