When was the last time you did nothing? When did you last lie in a meadow and stare at the sky, or sit on the sofa with a cup of tea without having anything else to do? The truth of the matter is that we enjoy keeping busy. But why is that so? The answer is that we want to prevent the emergence of thoughts which we would rather suppress: sadness, anger, boredom, or worse – the feeling of being worthless. Inactivity represents a certain risk, which we prefer to fend off by keeping ourselves occupied. However, if you are brave enough to devote some time to doing nothing you will be richly rewarded with rest and recovery.