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"I want the children in Syria to be strong, help each other and I want them not to lose hope” is 8-year-old Bana’s advice to the Syrian refugees. For years, Bana shared her experiences in war-struck Aleppo on Twitter with the world, amplifying the voices of refugees everywhere. Bana’s bravery is empowering and we thank you, Bana, for sharing your story with us.
Did you know that practicing breathing techniques doesn’t only lower your stress levels but it also helps improve your overall attitude, mood and physical health? Sometimes, we’re not able to change the outcome of a stressful situation but when you take a productive approach, you can manage how you react to the stressors in your life.
"When I think of home as a child, I think of my mom’s and grandma’s cooking. As soon as I walk into the door, the smell of food is home. Even now, in my 30’s, smelling their cooking brings me back to being a child in that home again. And I think that’s timeless, no matter how old I am, I’ll always be a child at home when I smell their cooking. Now, as an adult, home for me is really where I feel safe at the end of the day. It’s where I feel I could put a key through the door and walk into a space and just be myself. Home now is where I live with my partner and a place where I feel loved.”
"Home to me is a lot of little pieces and fragments I left around the world and around the cities where I lived. Sometimes, home is also about re-discovering these pieces in different places through new smells, foods and new people that I met on the way. When I was a kid, home was much more of a physical place, like my address or even my room, not even the whole house. Nowadays, my home is fluid in a sense. Home is the place that I’m living in but not in the physical sense. Home is where I am with the people I choose to be with."
Are you getting enough exercise in your week? Did you know that Canadian guidelines recommend 150 min of moderate to vigorous exercise a week?! Comment by telling us how you aim to meet your own goals! Your goals will motivate you to achieve them and will motivate others to set their own! #payitforward
"For me, I think of home as more of a feeling, especially having been born in Canada but knowing that my family was from Korea, I didn’t have a strong sense of what home was. But recently, home has been the smell of kimchi or hearing my mother tongue on the street or the subway train. My heart immediately just starts beating faster and I feel this warmth. And it’s not just what I hear or see that reminds me of my home country, it’s also stepping into a friend’s home and knowing that I’m welcomed and loved. It’s stepping into communities and feeling the different versions of home in that space and knowing that it’s just as special and real as my version of home. And recently, understanding the idea of home as a privilege and knowing that there’s home countries that people aren’t able to go back to comfortably and safely. Home, as this privilege of safety and belonging, is not something everybody has the right to and the privilege of having."
"Colour. My apartment is painted very bright colours. My artwork tends to be bright colours. And I just feel moved when I see colour. I learned in my early 20’s that I could do something other than look at colour, that I could make things with colour, using colour as the basic mold of creation. It changes my mood. My apartment is mostly red and yellow. I painted the walls yellow and the accessories are red. The dishes are red, the couch is red, the cushions are red. My bedroom is gold with red accessories and I love it."
"Home feels like bringing the outdoors inside. I feel the most at home when I have wood around me, I have textures of nature in my house so I feel like I’m never not outside, so nature is the biggest inspiration for me. Home looks like being surrounded by love, a house that I put a lot of love in, so the expressions of my love are always expressed with people around me. Home is safety and comfort. I think home is inside. Home is how I feel and being okay with how I feel whether it’s darkness, sadness, or anger. Home is where I take acceptance. Home is acceptance."
At h.appi, we’re always exploring new ways of bringing the community together. In our new photo series, @humansofny-style, we wanted to look into what home feels and looks like to the people in our community. We’re also curious to find out what makes people happi? Today, we introduce Terrence who told us a little bit about what happiness looks like to him.
"Two things come to mind. The first is being in nature. Every time I go hiking and on long treks and just being in nature really makes me happy. Something about the trees, the wind, the water, the fresh air, and the sunshine just gives me peace. The other thing that makes me really, really happy is to be able to help other people and serve others. My grandma used to always tell me that if someone needs help and its within my ability then help others. Because of what she taught me, it’s ingrained in who I am so anytime that I get to serve others and it could be something very simple, doesn’t have to complex, that makes me happy. As long as it brings a smile to their face and they feel comforted that someone was able to help them out" #humanconnection#whatmakesyouhappy#community#humansofnewyork#home#happy#toronto#love#mentalhealth