Just Sit Back and Relax!

Why do Americans have to work so hard at taking it easy?

Ahhh, summer. Time to goof off. There's only one catch. It's not goofing off if you take it too seriously. But taking vacations seriously is exactly what we Americans seem to do. In the same way our kids' free time is now packed with activities, we grownups have turned vacations into "active leisure." Anytime you exhaust yourself trying to relax, that's active leisure. Our vacations come with an agenda, a purpose. We're visiting family, attending weddings, going camping, checking out that darn museum and making sure we ride that roller coaster--no matter how long the line is. We Americans are...

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