The duty of doing nothing

August is approaching, the month of holidays par excellence in the Mediterranean cradle, and with it the long hours of warm days occupied with... nothing. Or not. Allowing oneself to disconnect is a luxury that very few can afford in a society that idealises productivity and stigmatises free time even during the longed-for holidays. However, letting the mind wander uncontrollably is the perfect recipe for boosting creativity and productivity. A walk in the woods, a nap on the beach, contemplating the landscape from a bench on the sidewalk... distraction is an experience that all human beings share and has been the subject of study for centuries, along with the ability to focus thought, in the search for the perfect balance. We live surrounded by stimuli, to the point of considering overstimulation as a positive element in our lives. It is not by chance that the excess of activities and the [...]