“La Dolce Far Niente” is the beautiful Italian concept that means “the sweetness of doing nothing.” Or, delicious idleness…indulgent relaxation…blissful laziness. I learned this phrase the first time I watched the film version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love,” and fell in love with it instantly.
Aside from rolling off the tongue as only the “romance languages” can, I was drawn to the unabashed freedom of the idea that our day-to-day actions could be influenced by our purer instincts and no longer by our schedules and our shoulds.
How different would your quality of life be if you made time throughout the day to experience la dolce far niente? Instead of using your free moments to catch up on what the Kardashians are up to (I honestly don’t see why anyone cares); or checking your email one last time to see if anyone else is needing something from you, what if you just…did…nothing?
Take a deep breath. Imagine the bliss.