Liberal Arts Blog — The Extra Hour (of Joy) — How Did You Spend It? Was It the Best Use? How to Divide It?

John Muresianu
2 min readNov 8, 2021

Liberal Arts Blog — Monday is the Joy of Math, Statistics, Shapes, and Numbers Day

Today’s topic — The Extra Hour (of Joy) — How Did You Spend It? Was It the Best Use? How to Divide It?

Every fall we get an extra hour. Is sleep the best use of it? Did you turn your clock back before you went to bed so you could get an extra hour of sleep? Was that the best use of it? Did you just do it out of habit or did you consciously decide that was the best use of it? Or did you not turn the clock back until after you were fully awake and enjoying your favorite activity and decide to prolong it for an extra hour? Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

THE EXTRA JOY HOUR — the nature thing, the family thing, the dancing thing

1. The nature thing — it’s been a particularly beautiful November because of the unusual warmth and wetness.

2. The family thing — catching up with a family member you have lost touch with

3. The dancing thing — staying up an hour later on Saturday night

NB: Best article you ever read on the subject?


1. Never enough time to just read.

2. Never enough time to just talk.

3. Never enough time to just chill.

NB: Craziest idea you ever heard of ?

OPTIMAL DIVISION: what is the smallest basic unit of joy?

1. 20 minutes?

2. 15 minutes?

3. 30 minutes?

NB: Is it time for creative minds to craft an ideal ritual for this very special hour? Something like a secular mass? Some way of thinking out-of-fhe-box on this very special, one of a kind, out-of-the-box hour?

24 Things You Can Do With an Extra Hour

BBC Radio 4 — Radio 4 in Four — 14 things to do with an extra hour

Last three years of posts organized thematically:

PDF with headlines — Google Drive


Please share the coolest thing you learned this week related to math, statistics, or numbers in general. Or, even better, the coolest or most important thing you learned in your life related to math.

This is your chance to make someone else’s day. And to consolidate in your memory something you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply than otherwise about something dear to your heart. Continuity is key to depth of thought.



John Muresianu

Passionate about education, thinking citizenship, art, and passing bits on of wisdom of a long lifetime.