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Carpe Diem: Seize the Day

Implementing "Carpe Diem"

Instead of overthinking about going to an event, starting your new dream project, or developing a certain relationship, instead of postponing, you can just do the thing you want to do, right now.

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Carpe Diem: Seize the Day

Carpe Diem: Seize the Day

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Seize The Day

"Carpe Diem" is Latin for "Seize the day." It underscores the importance of the present moment, telling us to value each moment and to focus on the present.

"Carpe Diem" recognizes the brevity of life, the value of time and the inevitability of death. It tells us not to waste time in contemplation, anxiety or regret.

The core concept of "Carpe Diem"

It means to be active and enjoy the moment.

We spend our life planning and focusing on the future, or dwelling in the past, both of which cannot be controlled. This "Just do it" philosophy makes us aware of our limited time in the world, and encourages us not to postpone things that can be done in the moment.

Implementing "Carpe Diem"

Instead of overthinking about going to an event, starting your new dream project, or developing a certain relationship, instead of postponing, you can just do the thing you want to do, right now.

Hedonism and Fatalism

  • Hedonism states that life only has to be lived in pleasure, discarding one's past and future.
  • Fatalism states that everything is predetermined, so there is no point in planning for the unchangeable future, hence it is good to just live for today.

Carpe Diem and Mindfulness

Though "Carpe diem" is related to the concept of mindfulness, which involves focusing on present thoughts, emotions, and experiences, there is some difference between the two.

  • Mindfulness is a state of awareness, in a non-judgemental, abstract way. It is in the state of Being.
  • Carpe Diem is more towards time-based action. It is primarily in the Doing state.

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Hedonism: The Reality
Hedonism: The Reality
  • Long being associated with frivolity, mindless pleasure-seeking, gluttony and danger, hedonism was initially a fairly simple concept in ancient greek philosophy.
  • Hedonism ...
The Good Life

Philosophy Professor Catherine Wilson talks about pleasure being fundamental in our ability to live a good life, and how a fine balance has to be maintained between current pleasure(indulgence) and future pleasure, which is life planning.

If we work ourselves endlessly, trying to hoard wealth, life will be over in a blink of an eye.

Hedonism Reloaded

Apart from a more justified and gender-neutral definition of hedonism, the definition of luxury and pleasure itself is changing. What was once enjoyable seems like a waste of time now, while economic instability and low wages do not allow for a hedonistic lifestyle to be a reality for many of us.

Pleasure seeking needs to be viewed as a positive, life-giving pursuit in these times where everyone is striving hard to make ends meet.

The Just-World Hypothesis
The Just-World Hypothesis

Is a cognitive bias that causes us to assume that people’s actions always lead to fair consequences, meaning that those who do good are eventually rewarded, while those who do evil are eventually p...

Why poeple believe is a just world
  • Belief in a just world can serve as motivation for making long-term efforts.
  • Belief in a just world can serve as a coping mechanism for everyday struggles.
  • Belief in a just world can help people cope with existential issuesby providing them with a sense of purpose.
  • Belief in a just world can help people feel in control, because they believe their future will be determined by their actions.
Factors influencing the Just World bias

  • Various background factors, such as religion and ethnicity, can affect the likelihood that people will display just-world beliefs, and the degree to which they will display them.
  • Various situational factors can also affect the degree to which people believe in a just world. For example, being in a good mood reduces people’s tendency to blame innocent victims, while being in a bad mood increases this tendency.

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Put things into a wider perspective

When you are thinking and thinking about something ask yourself: Will this matter in 5 years? Or even in 5 weeks?

It allows you to stop thinking about something and to focu...

Set short time-limits for decisions

  • For small decisions like if you should go and do the dishes, respond to an email or work out, give myself 30 seconds or less to make a decision.
  • For somewhat larger decisions that would  take you days or weeks to think through in general, use a deadline for 30 minutes or for the end of the workday.

Stop setting your day up for stress
  • Get a good start, that will set the tone for your day. (read or work-out and then start with the most important task of the day).
  • Single-task and take regular breaks. This will help you to keep a sharp focus during your day and to get what’s most important done while also allowing you to rest.
  • Minimize your daily input, especially from social media consumption. It will clutter your mind as the day progresses.

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Do a yearly review

Ask yourself:

  • What went well for me last year?
  • What accomplishments did I have?
  • How did I improve my life?
  • How did I improve my relationsh...
Finish what you started

Which of your projects, errands and general to-do items do you still have left from the previous year that you may be able to complete in less than 2 hours? Do them now to enable you to give yourself a fresh start.

Be realistic

Dreaming is great, but if you want to accomplish some improvements, you need to make your dream more realistic.

Break your dream down into milestones: if you want to work from home, what steps do you need to take? Break those steps down further into actionable steps and start working towards making your dream a reality.

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Seizing the day
Seizing the day

Carpe diem (seize the day) is one of the oldest philosophical mottos in western history.

First voiced by Horace (the Roman poet) more than 2,000 years ago, it retains an e...

Carpe diem and Pop culture
  • Metallica (the band) has trilled audiences around the world with their song Carpe Diem Baby.
  • Carpe diem is a message found in Hollywood films such as Dead Poets Society.
  • Carpe diem relates tp one of the most successful brand campaigns (Just Do It);
  • Carpe diem is alsso related to the social media hashtag #yolo (you only live once).
  • This expression from a dead language returns more than 25m online search results.
There is not one carpe diem, but many

Carpe diem means different things to different people.

For some of us it may relate to taking a once in a lifetime opportunity, while for others it is about indulging in wild hedonism or living calmly in the present moment.

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Ennui
Ennui

Ennui is a form of chronic boredom and it usually involves tiredness, dissatisfaction, apathy and feeling that everything is uninteresting and unfulfilling.

Symptoms of Ennui

Generally, ennui makes you feel almost always bored (in general or in specific parts of your life - your job or your hobbies); you feel this boredom on a deep, existential level, in a way that is hard to change.

You may also lack enthusiasm or excitement and show no interest in how the future will look like.

Ennui and depression are separate phenomena

A person can suffer from ennui but not depression. Similarly, this also means that it’s possible for someone to suffer from depression but not ennui.

Depression is well defined from a clinical perspective, and is therefore a commonly used medical term, whereas ennui isn’t, and shouldn’t be viewed as such.

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Michelangelo

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim ..."

Michelangelo
Find What You Love to Do and Do It

Focus on doing something you love.

When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving.

Learn How to Balance Life

If people think their job will lead to success, they might spend too much time on it and neglect other areas of their life.

Keep a balance between work, rest, health and life. 

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Mindful learning

It means cultivates insightful knowing rather than just a brain overloaded with information

Mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it rel...

Mindful Reading

It is a process of quiet reflection that requires mindful attentiveness, letting go of distracting thoughts and opinions to be fully in the moment with the text. 

It slows down the reader and the reading—that alone changes the experience. It moves the reader into a calm awareness, allowing for a more profound experience and understanding.

Mindful Writing

Writing benefits from the capacities that mindfulness cultivates: being in the moment, even when remembering the past or imagining the future; not judging others and oneself while still exercising discriminating wisdom; holding multiple perspectives; being open to the new; and practicing kindness, compassion, and patience. 

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Meta-emotions are feelings about feelings
A meta-emotion is an emotion that occurred in response to another emotion: Perhaps you teared up while watching a sappy movie with friends, then felt embarrassed about feeling sad. Or perhaps w...
4 Types of Meta-emotions:
  • negative-negative (e.g., feeling embarrassed about feeling sad)
  • negative-positive (e.g., feeling guilty about feeling happy)
  • positive-positive (e.g., feeling hopeful about feeling relieved)
  • positive-negative (e.g., feeling pleased about feeling angry). 
Negative-negative meta-emotions

... are the most common type. This indicates that many people get upset, nervous, or angry about their own negative emotions, in particular.

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