Koi No Yokan is Japanese and refers to the sense that we can get when we've just met someone whom we’ll most certainly fall in love with.
Il dolce far niente is Italian for 'the pleasure of doing nothing'.
Hygge is an untranslatable Danish word for creating a cosy, connective, warm and healing atmosphere around you whether at work, at home alone or with friends or family.
Iktsuarpok is Inuit for that antsy, anticipatory feeling before visitors arrive, noticing every little sound.
Whereas awunbuk means the empty feeling after guests leave, according to the Indigenous Baining people of Papua New Guinea.
And Kummerspeck is German for the weight you gain from emotional eating and translates to grief bacon.
What happens to our experiences when we're limited by language or when we lack emotional words to accurately describe our feelings?
What happens to our culture when we don't have a phrase referring to the pleasure of doing nothing and instead get caught up in 'hustle culture' and 'wasted time'?
Or when self-care and 'hygge' aren't inherited traditions?
Or, when we call something 'emotional eating' with all its negative connotations instead of acknowledging the sense of loss we're feeling that can lead to eating more? To, instead of saying 'I'm emotionally eating', say 'I'm going to enjoy some grief bacon'...
What's the story you’re telling yourself, and is it helpful or hindering?
Remember though, with whatever you read online, take what you like and leave the rest because it's your life and, therefore, your choice of how to live it.
After all, this is the Manual of YOU!
Until next time, take care, stay safe - and sane - make kind choices and stay flawsome! Don’t forget, you’re fucking brilliant!
(This was written by a human – a dyslexic one at that! Yay!)
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