I came in to the office before 6:30 this morning in order to work in silence.
Don't get me wrong. I have great co-workers and I enjoy talking with them. The greater benefit of silence dwells in my own silence. There is something very calming about not speaking for a sizable portion of time. That's one reason why Gandhi's practice of dedicating part of a day to silence did not mean that his staff couldn't talk to him - they could - but that he would not speak.
I suspect that most people, in this world of hubbub and demands, know what I'm saying. I have a stack of papers to handle this morning. I'll sip some coffee and work through them...without saying a single word.
Take your small pleasures where you can find them.