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How do we really seize the day?

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.

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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.

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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.

Cautionary Hope
Cautionary Hope

Research shows that during disasters, altruism and kindness happen more than greed and selfishness. To tide over the current crisis requires optimism along with caution.

Action and accompli...

People With High Hopes

People with high hope have a good number of difficult, challenging goals, and a good scorecard of achievement.

They have lower rates of anxiety and depression and greater happiness. They cope well with problems that consume the rest of the world.

Hope = Goals + Agency + Pathways

Instead of wishful thinking, we need to know what we want (specific goals), and have the drive and passion to go towards it (agency) and should be able to generate methods and devices to achieve what we want (pathways).

When we do a sum total of these three, we get hope: Hope= Goals + Agency + Pathways

Desire is separate from enjoyment
Desire  is separate from enjoyment

What we desire, we may not really enjoy. The more you deprive people of something they want, the more they'll desire it, but if they do eventually get it, they...

Don't follow after desire

Being aware of the distinction between desire and enjoyment can be empowering. Next time you feel the urge to check your phone or eat a meal rich in sugar and fat, you may remember that you might not enjoy it as much as you predict.

Desire needs to be understood as a not-useful guide to an enjoyable life.