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What Is a Riposo?

The Italian Tradition of a Riposo Is the Smart Way to Make Busy Americans (Much!) Happier

That afternoon slump that hits you on a work day is a real drag. You may often feel restless after your lunch break. In Italy, they have the perfect solution to this problem — a riposo. This is when most shops, museums, churches, and businesses close down for an extended period of time in the afternoon. Yes — they do this every day.

Also known as a siesta in Spain, the practice of a riposo is supposed to be like an extended lunch break. These countries pay attention to the feelings and habits of human beings — we all get a little sleepy in the afternoon! A riposo usually starts around 12:30 or 1:30 p.m. and ends anywhere from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

It's intended to allow busy workers to slow down, take a long lunch, and unwind. By allowing everyone a long break, businesses tend to be more productive because employees feel refreshed when they get back to work.

Could you imagine if Americans were able to take a riposo? We would all feel more fulfilled and motivated. It breaks up your work and allows you to have some time for yourself. What do you think? Let's bring the riposo to the United States!

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