Active Leisure vs Passive Leisure

Leisure is a key component of the quaintrelle lifestyle, but did you know that there are two different types of leisure – active and passive?

Passive leisure is easy to indulge in but might not leave you feeling too good once it’s over and done with – think watching reality television, flipping through a celebrity gossip magazine, or playing games on your smartphone. Carry out these sorts of mindless activities often, and you may notice that your mood isn’t any better afterward.

Active leisure, on the other hand, is engaging and interactive. Activities such as puzzles, gardening and reading are not only pleasurable but rewarding, too. If you carry out these sorts of activities on a regular basis, then you might find that you feel refreshed, fulfilled, and ready for the next part of your day.

That isn’t to say that we shouldn’t indulge in a bit of passive leisure from time to time. We all have our guilty pleasures – the television show that we look forward to every week, the chick flick that we love to watch while lounging around in our pyjamas, or the fun, light hearted game that we play on our phone when we have a few minutes spare. As with everything in life, leisure is all about balance – knowing when to switch off and experience passive leisure, and when to expend a little more energy and partake in active leisure.


Bonjour Tristesse (1958)


I recently watched Bonjour Tristesse, a 1958 film directed by Otto Preminger. Filmed in glorious technicolour in the Côte d’Azur, the tale sees spoiled teenager Cecile (played by pixie-haired new wave favourite Jean Seberg) enjoying a summer with her playboy father Raymond – until an old family friend pays a visit to their villa and Cecile’s indulgent life takes a turn for the worse. With opening titles by Saul Bass, gowns by Givency and a cameo by left bank darling Juliette Greco, the film is a fantastic watch from start to finish. See some screenshots (and a style round-up!) here.

Pick of the Week 001

Sheridan Smith for Vogue
Sheridan Smith for Vogue

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” – John Keats

Hello and welcome to Sunday. Here’s a round up of things that have caught my eye online in recent weeks:

Stylist introduces us to three women who are happy to be child-free by choice.

I’m pleased to hear that the Design Museum is getting a new home.

Women apparently need more sleep than men.

Liz Kendall has suggested that there should be an “Auntie’s Day” for childfree women.

The Guardian has the secret to spring cleaning – don’t just organise your stuff, get rid of it.

For anyone else kick-starting a new healthy regime this spring, four tips from nutrition experts. I agree with them all!

The Independent has a list of the five most exciting feminist books in 2016.

A study has found that people who like spending time alone are more intelligent.

I really enjoyed this piece by Sarah Kasbeer: How I Learned Being Childfree Was a Part of my Identity. Spot on.

Finally, this week’s video from the School of Life is titled In Praise of the Quiet Life.