Spend More Time Doing Absolutely Nothing to Achieve Happiness

By W. Doyle Gentry

Some people simply can’t comprehend the psychological benefit that comes from doing absolutely nothing, but it can make you a happier person. When you think of nothing, this means nothing that’s productive, that is, in a material or tangible sense like building things or making money. On the other hand, when you do nothing, you produce a state of relaxation. Funny how that works!

Here are some tips on how to spend more time doing nothing:

  • Rent a dozen of your favorite movies and spend the entire weekend watching them. Your kids will love you!

  • Get up on Saturday morning and head out for the day without any particular agenda or destination. If something along the road to nowhere catches your eye, stop.

  • Waste some time at a flea market. Browse, don’t buy.

  • When you have an unexpected snow day and can’t go anywhere, make sure you don’t get dressed, don’t work, and don’t do any chores. Think of the day as a gift!

  • Spend the whole day reading your favorite novel — lose yourself in the author’s world.

  • Plan a weekend so that when you go to work on Monday morning and people ask you what you did, you can say, with a smile on your face, “Absolutely nothing!”

  • Lose your watch. It’s much easier to do nothing if you don’t know what time it is.