Little Adaptations Can Lead To Big Results
It's often the little things we do that end up making things easier for everyone. Finding out new things or thinking of something helpful is the lifeblood of human progress. Whether its a brilliant new song or a handy device that makes things easy, the addition of fresh and interesting ideas is ultimately what makes us different from the people who came before. Some of us find creativity difficult, being tired and being stressed are two main factors that stifle our inventiveness. Sometimes we just tell ourselves we're not creative because we either lack confidence or we've been persuaded that creativity is not something to aspire to. Hopefully it's clear that we can all have good ideas and we all can make little steps towards nurturing our own personal flare.
Make Fun An Option
Even the strictest no-nonsense ascetic can find pleasure in things intended to be fun. It's not compulsory to have fun, but having the option available makes the atmosphere more relaxed. The nod from the top that you can enjoy yourself can be like a psychological gate-opener that allows the mind to feel more free. From gamifying work to having time set aside for enjoyment and group activity, sending the message that relaxing and being out of the ordinary is something to be sustained.
Making fun an option gives everyone a chance to take a break from activities that might be boring or tedious to do. If it can be made enjoyable in the principle then all the better, failing that it is important to break up monotony with variable activities. Adding elements of chance or luck with rewards and opportunities can boost over-all ingenuity and intuition. By giving everyone a chance to forget the daily routine and move into casual spaces we can encourage the reduction of tension between individuals and communities. Shared experiences bring people together and enforce positive communication. These are the perfect conditions for new ideas to flourish.
Freedom to think is possibly the greatest freedom of all. When all is against us in the world and nothing is going our way we can choose to remain positive in our thoughts. We can choose to forgive the world for being cruel and choose to move with grace regardless. In this same way that brings dignity and prosperity in the long-run, we can bring about new perspectives and techniques that manifest naturally as part of our boundless imagination. If we encourage the mind with prompts to fantasy like art and stories, we can find ourselves solving imaginary problems that actually relate to the world in general. The free mind is not restricted by undermining thoughts about acceptance and validation, it is confident in the process of bringing things about in gradual steps. Being secure in your mental ability will help us accept limitations and misinformed choices as they are discovered in the process of bringing about new concepts.
Seek New Experiences
Training the mind to think differently means feeding it with a variety of things to think about. By enjoying changes of scenery with new places and experiences we can put our minds in the habit of choosing to see things differently. Perspectives change as we absorb new information and sometimes we can piece together different views from listening to what people have to say. This is why finding the time to travel and visit places you don't usually go will spark all kinds of new and interesting ideas. If we can't get out and about as much as we'd like, we can always find new things to discover online and at home. Books, arts, music, films, and more can all offer gateways to destination of imagination and opportunity in knowledge.
You can be rewarded for making use of all of this principles with the free Mistplay app on Android. They recommend really fun games that keep your mind occupied and busy then give you rewards that you can exchange for cash or vouchers. Just half an hour a day will add up quickly. We play more than that sometimes, right?
Self-Care Museum Exhibit Inspired By K-Pop's Bangtan Boys' RM In Oldest Philippine Museum
Namjooning is a term that recently entered the urban dictionary thanks to popular Korean boy band member Kim Nam-joon. When asked what he was doing by one of his thousands of fans, he responded “I'm Namjooning”. Meaning firstly being himself, the term has been broadened to encompass all the things he loves to do when doing his own thing. Things like reading, admiring buildings, discovering new places, cycling, and going to museums are all beneficial to our well-being. Kim Nam-joon AKA RM has sparked an entire cultural movement in which this brand of activity is given a new name.
The University of Santo Tomas Museum in the Philippines is the oldest such institution in the archipelago. Founded by the Spanish in 1871, the heritage and cultural centre is now proudly hosted by the people it was built to serve. The new exhibition is titled Namjooning and is intended to culminate the entire concept into one all-purpose experience. An interactive and hands-on array of exhibits will give visitors all the inspiration they need to discover their own route to being well.
A keen art collector and luminary for the younger generation, RM is helping to bring the next generation into the world of art and culture. A new approach with a trendy tag-line can do a lot of good when it comes to finding a way to reach those who look for the modern and the new in order to match their own sense of identity. We owe it to the new generation to reinvent things so they can feel relatable and yet manage to maintain their timeless benefits.
Alternative Fruit hopes you find some time for Namjooning today.
As the world becomes more technical and computer orientated, we are expected to learn these hands-on and tactile skills to ever higher levels. The phenomenon of the number and exact which we have grown to expect from computerised systems has become a foundation-stone for our own learning. When misinformation is a real source of misery and poor choices the skills of scientific appraisal can't be highlighted enough. This being said, science is a precision tool that manipulates nature to our desires. Just because we can do a thing doesn't mean we should. What is out there in the world that stops us from doing the unthinkable unless immediately possible?
Most of us don't have dreams of dominance and world-wide subservience or visions of a future in which our particular thing becomes the only thing available. We know about weapons and war, but science can also do other things we don't want. It can change the world in ways we did not plan for or want. If we are not careful and show enough consideration, our products and procedures can do more harm than good. A moment of anger can be a moment when a good person does the unimaginable, a moment of compassion can put many others at risk. We need to be able to weigh up the various choices available and understand what the possible implications are.
A world of dogmatic precision and unbending philosophies based on the line of best fit analysis seems like only a hair's breadth away at times, in which dry and uncaring decisions are made around the world. The humanities offer a counter-weight to this understandably powerful influence on our society. The collective ideas and experiences of our entire global community take the form of history, memoirs, fiction, music, theatre, painting, and more. Each expression of humanity is either based on experiences directly or indirectly which help to anchor the consensus feeling about various subjects. Apart from sciences, the humanities do not rely on agreement but they thrive on variation. Like the ecosystems of the world, human culture expands well beyond individual bubbles. Each relative story and expression can be linked to others, which in turn link further still. In this interconnectedness of global diversity our thoughts and feelings are given a forum to be understood and built upon.
Our cultural heritage is wall to wall with reasoning, observation, and societal flow-charts that show us how certain things potentially play out. We use our history to learn from the past and we use our art to decipher our own feelings about things happening in our own lives and those of others. By dissecting complex and uncharted subjects with probing artistic exploration, we can better understand the way people think and the effects of various changes. We can learn that we do not want something to happen or that we do not think a certain way when presented with something artistic we feel affected by. Art doesn't need to be accurate, in that it can show us the obscure and abstract to help us see for ourselves a viable and realistic alternative.
In our own continued journey of discovering meaning in our lives and purpose behind the infinite coincidences that brought us to these luminous shores, we can look to the humanities to see that even the most simple of things can become the keystone or the fulcrum in a grand equation that brings about something brand new. Like light streaming in through the window pane, our stories and creativity can show us that the just so universe is not always just so at all.
Alternative Fruit by Rowan B. Colver
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