The word lifestyle encompasses different things. Among them are physical health, living spaces, our surrounding circumstances, and the products we use.
Let us take a closer look at each one of these areas.
In Hollywood’s late sixties and early seventies, few things inspired as much sex appeal as watching “King of Cool” Steve McQueen smoking a cigarette. To millions of women across the globe and quite a few men, he was the definition of sexy. Not only was he handsome and confident, but he also had that rugged sense of masculinity that brought character and toughness into all his roles.
Fast-forward 50 years, and things have drastically changed. With tremendous progress in medicine and the wealth of information now available, the concept of what is currently attractive is very different.
Today, a person who takes care of himself regarding his health is much more fashionable and enchanting. In addition to not smoking and drinking, he is also much better informed. For instance, he knows about functional exercise, proper nutrition, and modern trends in the industry such as emergency telehealth and personal care monitors and devices.
A Personal Refuge
In today’s exceedingly fast-paced societies, we all need a place where we can find comfort. This is a spot to relax, think about the many complexities in our lives, relieve stress, and gain a new perspective in life. And while there are plenty of spas and wellness facilities we can visit to achieve this purpose, the ideal situation would be to have it at home.
A place of refuge doesn’t have to be big or meet any specific standards regarding design, type of furniture, or anything else for it to be effective. All we need is somewhere we can go in times of mental tribulation.
For example, it can be a corner of our bedroom, a small study, or even inside our bathroom. Something as simple as putting a table with a few scented candles and a comfortable chair is more than enough. As long as it is a quiet place where the mind can take a break from the daily grind, and we can clear our heads for a few minutes at a time, it will do.
Finding a Balance
There are close to eight billion people in the world and more than nine million different species of animals. And that doesn’t even consider the thousands of plants that we have discovered and the many more yet to be identified.
Still, as human beings, we have always thought of ourselves as the most important living creature on the planet, the apex predator standing above everything else. This mentality has led us to the indiscriminate destruction of our natural resources and the precarious environmental conditions we currently find ourselves in.
Luckily, we are slowly learning from our mistakes. We are slowly beginning to understand that for us and other species to survive, we need to coexist under a framework of balance and respect. As a result, topics like environmental protection and sustainability are now at the forefront of government and private sector decisions. As individuals, we, too, are changing the way we live, searching for harmony with our surroundings.
One of the many benefits of the internet and social media is that information travels faster now than any other moment in our history. Furthermore, you don’t need to be a TV station or newspaper reporter to communicate the news to others and voice your opinions. Provided we have a telephone and a stable internet connection, we can reach all corners of the globe in less than a few seconds.
From a corporate perspective, this entails potential and existing customers sharing information about the products and services they buy. If I go to a restaurant for lunch but don’t like the food, I can tell everyone on my Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook account about it. By the same token, if I am very satisfied, I can become the greatest source of free advertising for any business.
The result of this is an increase in the level of accountability enterprises have towards their clientele. Companies know that in the age of the internet, their reputation supersedes all. Thus, they are taking the necessary steps to make certain it is the best possible one.
We have taken a look at four important lifestyle trends today. The first is a renewed interest in health. The second is having an area at home to relax and meditate. Coming in third is the value of living in balance with nature. Finally, it’s about customers working together for the improvement of the products they buy.
These are the factors that define the choices people in present societies make every day.