The Joy of Missing Out: JOMO is the new FOMO

Have you ever felt anxious or overwhelmed about missing a party or not wanting to spend a weekend with friends, so anxious that you can't say NO?

If that is the case, you may be affected by FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Or, in other words, I want to be popular and I can't say NO to anything!

Have you ever felt anxious or overwhelmed about missing a party or not wanting to spend a weekend with friends, so anxious that you can't say NO?

When you don't want to miss out on any of the social activities; or, when you're looking forward to being at a party not because you want to, but because you just can’t bear missing it, that’s when  FOMO makes its appearance in your life.

But you can stop it! Goodbye FOMO, welcome JOMO

Try this simple two-letter word: NO

If you repeat it several times, in different tones and different ways, you will eventually be convinced that you can use it more than once

Forget the fear of missing something. Now it's time to say NO to everything you don't like or that doesn’t really serve you.

What does JOMO mean?

JOMO means “Joy Of Missing Out.” The new word, old wisdom. Remember the "Dolce fare niente”? It’s the Italian philosophy of enjoying…well, doing nothing.

JOMO. Enjoy doing nothing

It's not a very complicated recipe indeed: stay tuned for 3 seasons of your favorite series, pizza and beer, just when all your friends went to the trendy restaurant this season.

JOMO stands for NO. It's another way of saying NO.

By saying 'no' to plans that deep down inside you know are not for you. On parties that will steal precious hours of sleep, meetings with people who frankly bore you.

The YES is for everything you really like and want to do. It's not too complicated, is it?

Learn to say NO. JOMO

Always connected? No, thanks.

Writer and speaker Christina Crook (The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, 2014) has a cause. She wants people to follow her method.

JOMO means not always connected

She says that being always connected has negative effects. On the other hand, disconnecting, not only digitally, but from commitments also brings rewards.

Start, as you wish...

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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