One highlight of 2013 was the celebration of a not-so-new art form: the selfie. President Obama took one, the Oxford English Dictionary named it word of the year, and MOMA even had a show about it. I was a little slow to join the tidal wave of digital self pics (I'm over 50), and had no idea what a hashtag was.
But one of the reasons you have children is to learn what's hot and my social media savvy daughter has brought me up to speed, both with selfie skills (“Dad, you made your chin look way too big”) and with new terms such as #latergram.
Since I love spreading health messages to as many people as possible, it struck me that—rather than jump onto the slightly narcissistic selfie bandwagon—it could be morphed into a badge of honor to inspire others, capturing moments of personal growth and healthy living.
Hence, the #healthie.
#healthie: A new photo community of committed, supported wellness warriors
We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. We also know that New Year’s Day resolutions, whether to quit smoking, move more, eat better, and manage stress through various mind-body pursuits, fade as quickly as January 1. While we can’t always be there to give our friends a pat on the back, or share something new we're trying, we can use a #healthie to support our efforts.
Some #healthie ideas that might inspire others are: