September 28, 2023

Episode #682 – Happiness is in Your Hands, and Living Large May be Easier Than You Think!

Americans are notorious for overworking and missing out on a plethora of simple pleasures. That’s where this edition of Grape Encounters Radio comes in! On today’s show, David heeds the advice of his Italian friend Francesco who gave him a reasonably stern lecture for pulling too many all-nighters and missing out on the vast number of celebrations that are what summer and fall in Italy are all about; David shares tips on finding your happy place, living large and enjoying the fruits of your labor… like grapes!

Tune in for an episode that will encourage you to slow down, take a break and enjoy the simple things in life. After all, wine is an excellent catalyst for fun, and there’s no reason it should only be enjoyed at the kitchen table. The funny thing is, in January, David packed up everything in America, sold most of his possessions, and decided that the folks in Italy were having way more fun than he was. It was time to simplify and let the good times fly!

Now, eight months later, David knows he made the right decision. The pace of life is much slower here, and people take the time to enjoy every moment. There’s a saying in Italy that goes, “dolce far niente” or “sweet doing nothing.” And it’s something that Americans could learn from. Here’s what one legendary Roman philosopher had to say Wayback in ancient history:

“Pleasures are brief; the only trouble is lasting. But if troubles endure and pleasures fade, what profit do we get from all our accumulated experience? I think the answer is clear: Pleasure is nature’s decree.”
-Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

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