It’s the most revolutionary action of our time, as well as the one true luxury that not all of us can enjoy: taking time for ourselves, to do what we like, spending time with the people we love. Philosophers and anthropologists recommend that we distance ourselves from a lifestyle model that has been imposed on us. We simply cannot work all week and then do the shopping and clean the house at the weekend.
There’s more to life than that, even if it means not having it all. Northern European countries are trialing reduced working hours so that employees can devote more time to themselves and their families. The end result is that workers are happier and more productive. Smart working experiments are headed in this direction too: what’s important is reaching company targets, not the time taken to achieve them. Plus, we mustn’t forget that sometimes we need to switch off and forget about our cell phones and computers. After all, isn’t that the lightness of happiness?