Tips to Learn Wellness Concepts around the World From Ikigai, talkoot, shinrin-yoku to meraki.

So let’s take a journey of words that describe wellness concepts and understand its importance in your life.

  1. Ikigai- origin- Japan

    What is it– Finding your meaning in life.

How to include them– Get up early in the morning each day with a sense of awareness to infuse reason, happiness, and gratitude to your living.

Let yourself in the present moment and focus on what you love and enjoy to do, to eat, to work and to move.  Ikigai is your ingredient of happiness, longevity, and satisfaction to soak in every day. With each day comes new opportunities.

Do some soul-searching by paying attention to your thoughts and feelings and check in yourself.

What are your ikigai every morning?

   2.  Shinrin-yoku- origin- Japan

What is it– Shinrin-yoku translates to forest bathing. It is about embracing the outdoors and your connection with nature to de-stress, relax and enhance well-being.

How to include them– Go to outdoors and take up some activities like a walk in the greens, fire camping or just sleeping under the stars. You can also do some new activities like learning new languages, playing any instrument or cooking classes.

Just note what activities amplify your connection with nature. because 90% of the Americans stay indoors most of the times as reported by EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). This decreases your sense of wellness with nature.

   3. Talkoot- origin- Finland

    What is it– Finnish version of social wellness. It’s all about voluntarily  do something for the common good.

How to include them- It could be anything from helping an old man cross the road safely, give water and food to someone in need or cleaning your surroundings. Prioritize well-being of others more than yourself.

  4. Meraki- origin- Greek

   What is it-  The word Meraki is derived from Greek culture that translates to doing actions from the heart.

How to include them- Doing things that you love no matter how small or difficult. All it takes is your devotion to happiness as your end result. Whether it is making a morning coffee or compliment someone.

5. Mono no aware- origin- Japan

What is it- The word Mono no aware is a Japanese word of well-being that connotes to embrace impermanence nature of life.

How to include them- The constant change in nature whether in terms of changes in days and seasons is the law of nature. It is hard to hold on to everything that is changing. More you cling on to pleasant more is the suffering in your life.

If you are ready to change then you are at comfort with changing nature and hence, you will be in peace. Being aware of the present moment, not reacting to the unpleasant events and letting yourself flow with life makes you find a satisfactory place to land to enjoy transient beauty of nature as nothing is stable.

6. Shoganai- origin- Japan

What is it- Accepting and embracing the events in life that are changing constantly without complaining.

How to include them- It has been proved in many types of research that complaining is fascinating and it develops a constant urge in people to complain in every typical conversation. Complaining can take a toll on your health as when you complain there is a release of stress hormone (cortisol) that lead to an increase in blood pressure and negativity in mind. This process shifts all your energy from other vital activities needed for proper functioning of the organs in the body into a flight-fight mode.

By developing an attitude of gratitude, reframing your sentences in a positive way and talking on a specific topic helps reset your mind in a postive frame shifting mindset of complaining without purpose to a problem-solving complaining.

How do you appreciate small things in your life? Do share with us if you know about other wellness concepts that people think are untranslatable is that so?

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