Technology has become such a huge part of our lives that we hardly remember life without it. We don’t know what it’s like to go a day without being connected to the world, our friends, and media. Recently I conducted an experiment where I went on vacation and left every technology device at home. I refused to talk on the phone, check my email or be otherwise connected to anyone or anything that was not in my immediate sight. It was a wonderful, restful, happy time.

It’s not feasible to do that consistently, but an occasional unplug from technology can refresh and invigorate. It forces us to entertain ourself, contemplate life, talk to those we are with, and be in the moment.