The Joy of Quiet

In our modern lifestyles of constant noise and notifications, the most valuable time – the one without a risk of being bombarded by notifications – takes a distant last place. One of our most undervalued assets, it’s where your creativity can bloom, where you can think, slow down, solve problems, read/write, de-stress and truly enjoy the world and people around us.

Technology should allow us to enjoy our lives to a fuller degree, not enslave us and dictate our actions at every opportunity. Re-assess your priorities, don’t live to answer to others, resist the temptation to know everything immediately, you will be happier. 

“The urgency of slowing down — to find the time and space to think — is nothing new, of course, and wiser souls have always reminded us that the more attention we pay to the moment, the less time and energy we have to place it in some larger context. “Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries,” the French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in the 17th century, “and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.” He also famously remarked that all of man’s problems come from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

The Joy of Quiet

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