Is ‘carpe diem’ your new life motto? For a lot of Americans, it is

‘Carpe diem’ is arguably a phrase that your ears have heard at some point in life. Meaning seize the day, this Latin ideology emphasizes the concept that life is short and therefore should be enjoyed while we have access to it.

Although a little stereotypical when referred to as a life motto, according to an article from The Good News Network, ‘carpe diem’ has, in fact, become a life motto for a solid number of Americans for the 2021 calendar year thanks to COVID-19. To be more specific, the article explains that roughly six out of 10 Americans now claim the idea of seizing the day to be a belief they live by.

“The survey asked 2,000 Americans about the impact COVID-19 had on their lives and what lessons they’ve learned. It found 68% are planning to emerge from quarantine as new people. In fact, seven in 10 polled are planning to live each and every day to the fullest post-pandemic.

“Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Life Happens, a nonprofit educating consumers about the importance of life insurance, the survey found that 71% of respondents value the little things in life more than ever because of the past year.

“Some of the ‘small wins’ Americans are pursuing at this time included speaking to their families more (45%), speaking their minds more truthfully (43%), and taking more vacation time when it’s safe to do so (42%).

“Four in 10 respondents also shared they plan to be more confident and express themselves creatively as a part of this small-win revolution,” the article explains.

I’ll admit that making use of ‘carpe diem’ as a mantra seems a little overused, but at the same time, I find it somewhat inspiring that this pandemic has enabled so many of us to see beyond the basic construction of material everyday living to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the things in life that truly matter.

Cue ‘Happy’ by Pharrell.

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