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For Better or Better

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A Valentines Interaction Game
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The best relationships happen when each person is growing individually towards their best selves, and love is a journey where you're each becoming great people, together. 

"For Better or Better" is a chance for people who are working on themselves to find others who are also working on self-improvement.

In the week leading up to Valentine's day, join the platform any night and choose a piece of yourself that you want to improve. Inside the rooms, you can engage with others around the given prompts. 

You may or may not find your "Better half" but at the very least, this presents an opportunity to work on yourself. 

Exhibition is live every February 7-14th. 

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Cook Healthy

Valentine's Day is so often associated with eating copious amounts of chocolate. Why don't we change this up by thinking about how we can incorporate joyous celebration with making our bodies feel great? 

Use this website as a starting point to cook with the people in your room: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/healthy-valentines-day-desserts/

As you're cooking, chat with the people in your room around these questions:

1. What is the role of food in your life?

2. What are some foods your family makes for big celebrations?

3. What's your favorite food?

4. What is your typical lunch?

5. Is there any way you can incorporate one healthier food into your family's celebrations?

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Art Creation

For this game you'll need a paper and pen. Even better if you have colored pencils! 

Get a random object from your house. Show it to the others in the room. Now, you're going to draw it. But here's the twist: you're going to draw it, but with your eyes closed. 

Once you're done with that, show it to everyone in the room. 

Then, you're going to use this as the basis to draw a little alien. You will end up with scribbled Spatula cyborgs and toothbrushes from Pluto. It's not meant to be good. 

But while you're doing this, chat with the others about the role of creation in your life:

1. What hobbies do you have where you are actively creating something?

2. What is the proudest thing you've ever made?

3. What hobby do you want to try?

4. What hobby sounds terrible?

5. How do you want to be remembered?

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Expand Your Mind

In your room, each person should come up with three words. Share the words with each other. Next, you're going to start with one word on Wikipedia, and race to get to the second word. Whoever can get from one word to the second word in the fewest steps wins!

If there's no one in the room, here's some to get started:

Tuna fish > Margaret Thatcher

Balcony > Revolutionary War

Typhoid fever > Bell bottoms

Haane Manahi > the Troople

Yeah Evans > Atlanta Soho Zen Center

After, ask each other these questions:

1. What are you reading right now?

2. Is there a book you loved/hated learning in high school?

3. What is a book that has had a  big impact on your life?

4. When was a moment you changed your mind about something?

5. If you could study anything, what would it be?

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Strengthen Your Relationships

Write down five names of people you haven't spoken to in a while. A cousin, a work acquaintance, a college friend. Romantic relationships are healthiest when each person also has other positive connections in their lives. 

Take one of those names and sit down and write a letter. It can be a physical letter, a facebook message, a quick text. But make the effort to reach out. 

As you're doing this, chat with the people in your room around these questions:

1. Do you have a lot of positive, caring people in your life?

2. Who makes you super happy to be around? Who makes you feel small and insignificant?

3. What is a relationship you really treasure?

4. How can you change your behavior to invite in more happy relationships in your life?

5. What one thing can you do for the people most important to you to show you care?

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Make An Impact

1. What causes do you care about at the local/regional/and global level?

2. How do you make positive impacts at each of these levels?

3. Is any part of your daily routine out of line with things you value?

4. What is one word your friends and family associate with you?

5. How can you make one change in your daily routine to increase your positive impact?

After you answer these questions, look for organizations online at the local, regional, and global level about topics you care about. Put your name on the email list. 

Already did that? Go further to check out whether there's an event, or other way you can participate. Put your name down. Put it on your calendar. You're halfway to making positive change already!

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Treasure Nature

Go outside. Even better, take a walk. Touch a piece of bark. Touch a leaf. Rub it slowly in your hands. Put your hands on the ground. Stretch them up to the sky. Stretch out your whole body. 

Get curious. If you see a tree, can you identify it? That bird there, do you know its name? What about its genus? Its migratory patterns? Look until you find one new thing about the world around you. 

Then close your eyes. Breathe in for four seconds; hold for four; breathe out for four; then hold again for four seconds. Stand straighter. Unclench your jaw. Repeat this breathing exercise for five minutes. 

Then, have a conversation with the people in the room. 

1. What's your favorite animal?

2. What is a really fond memory you have out in nature?

3. Are you around nature in your daily life?

4. How can you change up your daily routine to be out in nature more (even if just for a minute)?

5. How can you work to support healthy ecosystems either by leaving a smaller carbon footprint or proactively increasing biodiversity and healthy habitats?

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You, Better than Ever

Maybe you found a new recipe. Maybe you found your person. Either way, hopefully you're a bit better by trying out this interactive game. 

Share your Story

Share what you've made, cooked, crafted, or thought of on instagram with hashtag #forbetterorbetter and tag @meddydesign. Enter your email below to stay connected to other cool events and exhibitions. 

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