When American traveler Dan Buettner searched for places where people lived the longest, he discovered, in addition to places like Sardinia, Italy or Ikaria, Greece, the Japanese island of Okinawa. 🇯🇵 Its inhabitants live to a very old age and rarely suffer from diseases. One reason may be their primarily vegetable-based diet. 🌱 Another important factor may be ikigai. The word ikigai is composed of the words ikiru (life) and kai, which can be translated as having value or benefit. Dan Buettner himself described ikigai as the reason to get out of bed in the morning.
Of course, Ikigai is not for everyone. The meaning of life is often found at the very top of Maslow's hierarchy of needs – self-realization. It is the result of the fulfillment of all previous levels.
Find activities that fulfill you, you are good at, you get paid for, and that are beneficial to the world. In addition to the meaning of life, greater happiness, motivation, peace, and longevity await you. 🧘♀️💛
Do you set new year's resolutions every year, but never meet them? Maybe you're just going about it the wrong way. If you don’t exercise, you can’t possibly run a marathon by summer. The same goes for setting too many goals or not being specific enough. Try setting SMART goals. ⬇️
Clean mind, clean home, the perfect start to the new year. When was the last time you went through everything in your closet or decluttered the drawer where you put all the things that don't belong anywhere? Set aside a weekend and get started. Marie Kondo will help you with decluttering and organizing. 🧺 Check out her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up 📚, or even the Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. 📺
Don't forget to declutter your digital space as well. Browse your phone and computer, delete unused files and applications. Also, tidy up your photos, 📸 delete duplicates, back up everything, and have the best ones printed in our photo lab. Fill a photo album with your favorite photos, or create a photo book or calendar for the year 2021.
A British designer once said: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." We have already gotten rid of unnecessary things, now we come to the beautiful ones. They won't bring much use, but they will put a smile on your face whenever you look at them. We have already mentioned decorating your home with printed photos, but did you know that you can also create wall art and posters from your photos at Squared.one? 📸🏞 They will light up your entire home and add a personalized touch. And if you follow the latest design trends, check out the 2022 Pantone color of the year, Very Peri. It is a shade of purple and can be used to accessorize your home with new trendy items. 💜