The French believe that life should be savored and enjoyed leisurely. This concept, of “joie de vivre,” is ingrained in their culture and is a big part of who they are as a people. In contrast, today’s fast paced American lifestyle is all about checking items off of today’s to-do list so we can get started on tomorrow’s without falling behind. Every hour of every day is filled to the last minute with activities prioritized in order of urgency and importance, with little-to-no room to stop and smell the roses. For those of us stuck in this daily grind, trying to finish our truckload of tasks while knowing there’s another truckload around the corner, the concept of “slowing down” is as foreign as, well, French.
Joie de vivre asserts that existence is not just about going from point A to point B. Rather, being alive is part of a great adventure, an experience of which every moment should be enjoyed. And although this concept may, at first, sound irresponsible and indulgent, I’m going to show you how you can actually benefit hand-over-fist by adopting this concept in your life. In this book, you will come to understand the underlying philosophy behind how the French have decided to live, and more importantly, you will learn how to incorporate joie de vivre into your day-to-day life to find pleasure and joy in the simplest of things.
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