This week, I’ve noticed how helpful my fresh linen-scented candle has been to calming my nerves. There are therapeutic properties to just watching the flame dance, the wax melt, the scent being released, and the heat interacting with your hands. In a stressful place like Harvard, where you live in the same place you work, there is really no better way to unwind than to use candles and other relaxing objects to infuse leisure into your environment, transforming it into a small escape from the grind. I wonder if Harvard could think of other ways to design in leisure into dorm rooms themselves… My candle certainly made me think.