Just because you didn’t work last weekend doesn’t mean you had a good weekend.
If you don’t feel rejuvenated and keen to face Monday after two work-free days, you're doing your weekend wrong.
In a live-to-work society, where your career is also your identity and status, the instinct for leisure atrophies. Paradoxically, then, getting a good weekend means working at leisure.
Socializing strengthens the immune system and boosts mental health, reducing depression.
Passive, solo leisure activities like tending to social feeds and playing video games reinforce absence in lives already starved for presence. Digital networks are not the same as human networks, and they won’t provide the same benefits as a real community.
Hobbies have been proven to reduce stress and loneliness, and senior citizens with hobbies may be less susceptible to dementia.
Deep engagement in an activity unleashes the “flow” state, which arises from immersion and mastery so intense that time seems to drop away.
Search for some volunteer activities. Most volunteers have a clear sense of purpose and meaning.
Studies found that spending time on others makes people feel highly effective and capable, which has the effect of expanding time.
By definition, play is fluid and has no known outcome or necessary beginning and end. True play doesn’t try to tame time.
Expand your idea of play to include flirting, reading out loud to someone, daydreaming, and other purposeless and pleasurable moments.
The first of the month, or the year, and the first day of the week make us stop and think whether we are headed the right way in our lives.
It draws a line in our ongoing life, marking an opportunity for us to improve how we are at home and work.
Research shows 70% of your happiness comes from quality relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Yet, the biggest factor that interferes with your relationships is your phone. The internet. Social media.