Are these positive affirmations evidence that we are all just searching for a glimmer of hope amid the desolate wasteland of modern life, modern politics and the aching chasm of human waste that is social media? Skip !
Story from Home. Three words which have always been frequently used, but never so consistently in that order until recent years.
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Many of us may never have dreamed of dropping this phrase into an Instagram caption but despite this, it has become the mantra of many. In fact, a quick search on Instagram shows that there have been 2. Online retailers like Not on the High Street, Laugh live love and Wayfair all stock hundreds of items urging us to Live, Laugh and Love in our homes with purchases like wall stickerscoastersdoormats and, somewhat inexplicably, a bracelet which bears the slogan in Morse code.
While 'Keep Calm and Carry On' became the defining mantra of the beginning of this decade, 'Live Laugh Love' has undoubtedly been that of the latter few years. Where did this all begin?
While it has often been misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the words were first linked together in a poem called " Success" by Iowan writer Bessie Anderson Stanley in The opening line of the poem re: "He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much. When she died inaged 73, the verse was inscribed on her gravestone in Lincoln Cemetery, Kansas.
A deep dive into how 'live, laugh, love' infiltrated our homes
Fast-forward 80 years and you can now even be buried in Live, Laugh, Love. J Boots casket company in Anderson, Indiana offers a shabby chic-styled coffin with the words Lived.
Loved written in cursive on the inside. Owner Chris Boots explains that in the three years since they came up with the idea for the coffin's de it has become one of their most popular. While some of us might balk at the idea of decorating our coffins with inspirational quotes, many more of us are perfectly okay with putting them all over our homes.
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Online home store Wayfair stocks over 50 Live, Laugh, Love products. Handmade and vintage website Etsy revealed via its trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson that there have been oversearches on Etsy for 'Live Laugh Love' in the last 12 months alone — and there are 9, products bearing the words on the site.
She adds: "Shoppers are increasingly identifying with other positive affirmations, including 'good vibes', 'be kind' and 'dream big'. This might help explain why these pseudo-spiritual offerings are currently invading our homes and Instagram grids.
This is the origin of "live, laugh, love"
Is it, perhaps, an attempt to be good when things are so, so bad? Faith Cookean Instagram fitness influencer, says that this is exactly why she uses the hashtag on the majority of her Instagram posts.
You should love yourself and laugh at yourself. So I use it for so many reasons but mainly to love who you are and to remember to laugh!
Harsh, yes. True, perhaps.
The only thing to do? Keep Calm and Carry On. When shopping for cookware, you might look at the prices and think, How special can a pan really be?
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