Positively Living: Leisure and Changing Habits
Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008
Two notable articles touching on matters of wellness recently ran in the New York Times – in the Business section, of all places. Both are brief, pointed and worth checking out.
The first is Why Leisure Matters in a Busy World, a short interview with Alison Link on the need for leisure and its role in maintaining good mental and physical health. When asked to define leisure, Link says, that it “has many different definitions – some involving time, some relating to an activity being done, some relating to state of mind. Personally, I am most at leisure when I feel free, present and integrated. I like this definition for myself because it allows me to experience lesiure at any moment, even in just a few minutes.” She goes on to give examples of working leisure into one’s life, as well as the benefits of doing so (and some of the costs of not doing so).
Can You Become a Creature of New Habits?, on the other hand, looks at strategies for leaving old habits behind – not by quitting them but by creating new ones. With old habits, writes Janet Rae-Dupree, “once those ruts of procedure are worn into the hippocampus, they’re there to stay. Instead, the new habits we deliberately ingrain into ourselves create parallel pathways that can bypass those old roads.” And how can we create those pathways? Click on over to the Times to find out.