Active Leisure

The brawny worker discussing work conditions in London's dockland with the reporter came straight to the point: "We don't want more overtime. I would rather have my free time with my family. Also, working overtime only makes you feel tired when you report back to regular working hours."

The worker was pointing up what many people feel they need: sufficient leisure time with their families and friends—time to recharge their energies so that they feel refreshed when they return to work.

Could anything be more pleasurable than leisure actively and wisely pursued? The word conjures up the exuberance of happy children tobogganing, picnics in the countryside, and the deep satisfaction of hearing a Beethoven symphony impressively performed.

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Caution! Children at Play
July 3, 1971

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