Pair of sunbathers sleeping on a beach towel.

Summer Daze: In Praise of Lazing About

Lie back, close your eyes, and let the sun do the work for a change.

In a world that rewards the ambitious and praises over-achievers, the willingness (the courage!) to publicly do nothing at all is often undervalued. Happily, though, the hot and brilliant days of summer provide a perfect excuse to seek out a quiet spot, close one's eyes, and let the world slip away. Here, a little inspiration to get you into the lounging spirit of summer.

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