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The saying “time is money” may ask us to think carefully about the quality of our experiences, but the association of “time” with “money” can also diminish your ability to feel pleasure.

Researchers from the University of Toronto showed that, if participants thought about their income as an hourly wage, they felt as if they were wasting time while surfing the internet or listening to a pleasant song. The reasoning behind it? When there is no money to be made, we feel impatient doing leisure activities knowing that there is a price on our time. And when the scientists paid the participants for their leisure activity (for example listening to music), they didn’t feel as impatient about the experience, and thus enjoyed it more.

The authors conclude, “thinking about time in terms of money is poised to affect our ability to smell the proverbial roses.” And even the roses smell sweeter when we’re getting paid to do it.

How can we keep the urgency of the phrase “time is money” without losing our ability to value our (non-monetary) life experiences?

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One day a sage said to me "Gregory, an illusion of Time is that Time will get you to where you have long dreamed of Being.  The truth about Time is that Time is where you have long dreamed of Being.  Now, what are you Being?  Here Now in Time?  What's your Dream?"

I have since come to the personal understanding that Time is a Gift; one might say 'the gift of a LifeTime'.

The sage also pointed out that while Time has value it is rather in the form of "Soul Currency" as opposed to cash and coins.  Time is an Absoulute Gift, a Gift we have been given that we can 'spend', or allocate, as we please.

If time is money, when I spend the evening laughing and sharing with my best friends, I'm a millionaire.

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Reminds me of a lot of the commentary in the book, The Sabbath World.  
http://www.amazon.com/Sabbath-... 

if you folks are really interested in these issues you should interview Richard Sennett, his work would be a nice compliment to your work on happenings in Detroit:
 http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndM...

I'm a big fan and have pitched him in the past. Right now I'm reading his latest book and his thoughts on the nature of civil dialogue and how it may take shape is really good. Thanks.

 his observations on the trust that people develop from working on common projects over sustained periods is a theme that has come up here before and seems to be the new dynamic in interfaith groups who have gotten a little tired of endless dialogue groups and are wanting to make a more direct difference in their communities. that and his work on craft/arts and community building.

"Life is time" and "time is money" are two phrases humanity is trying to squeeze together. Sometime ago we succeeded in eliminating one "time" and the result is the phrase "life is time is money". If we keep squeezing, the phrase will become "life is money" and we will no longer have "time." http://www.thelastwhy.ca/poems...

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