If hot-dogs get a holiday, then "making life beautiful" should get one, too.
According to the National Day Calendar, the day was originally “submitted by Apriori Beauty and declared by the Registrar of National Day Calendar in April 2015. The date was chosen because Apriori Beauty launched their mission to help men and women look and feel beautiful with their availability of their internal and external approach to beauty on June 11, 2009.”
Fast forward to June 11, 2018...
Here are 5 easy ways you can celebrate and make life more beautiful.
1 - Slow the F down
While we're so focused on that hustle.grind.grind -- we miss so much! Slow down and take the time to notice the beauty around you.
2 - Know thyself
Once you've slowed down, this one becomes easier. Some of us are merely vessels carrying around tons of untapped goods. So get to know what's inside, connect with your true self.
It requires focused introspection, which can be difficult - but rewarding as hell. I suggest having a really honest assessment of yourself.
Explore all areas: your passions; your deepest desires and fears; what makes you proud, insecure, and ashamed; what work you'd love to do even without getting paid.
Learning about yourself can be a hugely emotional process, but if you approach it with honesty, you will find it cleansing and therapeutic. A good place to start is the Myers-Briggs test. What personality type are you? I'm an ENFP, through and through.
3 - Define what “beautiful life” means to you.
Let's assume we all know it's not material things that will lead us to a beautiful life. This is the part where you ask yourself what's missing in your life. Is it love? Is it happiness? Is it inspiration?
Here are some other suggested questions:
What am I filling my life with that I’d rather replace with other things? What is preventing me from taking action? Is it fear? Do I think I don't deserve it? Are these reasons good enough to get in the way of building a beautiful life? If you're being honest with yourself, your answer will be a resounding “no.”
4 - Connect with humans... in REAL LIFE
There are many variables contributing to the increasing rates of depression and suicide. One being lack of interaction. We're so connected, electronically. But that isn't a replacement for IRL interaction. Also, social media is basically someone's highlight reel - not a true reflection of someone's life. The result is not knowing who someone truly is. Then losing our own sense of self in the process. It's a mess. Connect with people.