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Why There is A Lapel Pin Culture on Instagram Aimed Towards Adults

Why There is A Lapel Pin Culture on Instagram Aimed Towards Adults

If you use Instagram, you probably noticed a new trend emerging: pins! Instagram is now driving the latest pin rage, focused on adults. One can never have too many pins, especially because they are so easy to collect. There are many pin designers and enthusiasts out there who show us all that pins are not anymore a simple child’s hobby, but more of a grown-up culture.

Lapel pins were used to show the belonging to certain nationality or political party. They emerged in the Civil War era, when they were meant to show their wearer had been awarded by the government. Social groups also started to use them and in the 60s-70s lapel pins were used by communist party. More recently, the terrorist attacks from 9/11 made pins popular again, as people were wearing American flag pins to show their solidarity. The most interesting symbolism of lapel pins comes from the Greek culture, where boys could pin their girlfriends as a sign of pre-engagement.

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In our times, lapel pins are a way to express your personality and have fun. From memes to doodles, you can find any type of lapel pin or you can order a custom made one. Being cheap, they are easy to collect and can fit any gender, as well as style. But it’s not their versatility that makes lapel pins a new rage, that is here to stay.

Lapel Pins are Pieces of Art

Millennials may be tech-savvy and keen on volunteering abroad, but they are also broke. A millennial is not going to afford to buy art, even if he does understand it. Lapel pins offer millennials a way to have small art works and wear them. Especially for those who grew up collecting Disney lapel pins, investing in modern pins is a great way to come in touch with things they value. Everything is now online, so we crave physical experiences. Lapel pins are an easy way to get those experiences and support art, even if it’s on a small scale.

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Lapel Pins are Great Business Marketing Tools

As lapel pins are broadly marketed on Instagram, there is a strong emotional connection between their producers and people who are buying them. When you see a funny pin on Instagram, you act on emotions and you buy it. This is great for businesses and entrepreneurs who can use lapel pins to market themselves. Lapel pins allow entrepreneurs to connect with their potential customers, creating a genuine connection. Another great thing you can do with metal lapel pins is raise funds for charity: they are small, cheap and easy to sell, which makes them perfect for charity.

Pins are Fashionable

Lapel pins are an inexpensive way to express yourself, without having to change your outfit too much. This makes lapel pins perfect for people who work in corporations or other spaces where there is a dress code. You can use lapel pins to express your feelings and boost your outfit – one day you can wear a Kim Kardashian pin, the next day you can wear a cat pin, depending on what you feel like in the morning. Also, you can wear the pin on your shirt, jacket, or bag.

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One can talk about a lapel pin culture because these small items can be used to reflect your personality, beliefs and support for different causes. You can wear a lapel pin to support your favorite artist, brand or simply to add a funny touch to your outfit.

What makes lapel pins special is their ability to capture a highly significant moment and turn it into a tangible memento. Being easy to customize, pins can be a very important gift, which you can wear all the time.

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Featured photo credit: Lynn Friedman/Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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