TEDxBreda in conversation with Tijs Goldschmidt

Tijs Goldschmidt explains to us that it is vital to lounge around enough. Most animals work hard every now and than but they hang around a lot too.

How can they afford this? Do they have such a thing as ‘leisure time’? And how vital is lounging for their well-being? Tijs says that it is of serious importance to lounge, to avoid burnout and to live a longer healthier life. It is a significant ingredient for a creative process. Who wants to make something new or discover something better, spends a lot of time doing nothing. He believes that the word ‘lummelen’ (lounging) in Dutch has a falsely negative connotation.

Tijs Goldschmidt

Tijs Goldschmidt (1953) is a biologist and writer. After obtaining his PhD from Leiden University, he continued to work there as a researcher until 1993, when he left to dedicate himself fully to writing. His first book, Darwin’s Dreampond: Drama in Lake Victoria was nominated, among other things, for the major Dutch AKO Literature Prize. It has since been translated into many languages.