Title says it all - I am looking for a single word to describe 'living in the moment' or 'appreciating the now'. Something similar to 'Carpe Diem'.

I've used a thesaurus, but only can find multiple word answers.

A simple sample of how I would like to use it:

"Enjoy your life through _________"

  • YOLO - one word to sum up living in the moment. – TK-421 Jul 8 '19 at 7:02
  • Its a funny answer, but unfortunately its not an actual word. – Balaz2ta Jul 8 '19 at 7:04
  • I don't think it's possible to find a verb that means to live in the moment. There are single-word nouns that mean that, but they wouldn't be drop-in replacements in your example sentence. I'll note that YOLO does have an entry in Lexico (Oxford), even if not in Merriam-Webster yet. – Jason Bassford Jul 8 '19 at 7:31
  • You are correct about the drop-in - I've adjusted the sample to reflect that. Regarding YOLO - is it considered a word and not an acronym? – Balaz2ta Jul 8 '19 at 8:47
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    Carpe Diem sounds like exactly what you want. Why do you want something (else) similar to it? – alwayslearning Jul 8 '19 at 10:50
  • Live for the moment
  • Live for today
  • Live for now
  • Live for the here and now

All of these idioms mean roughly the same thing, and I think the single-word you are looking for is mindfulness.

"Mindfulness" is defined as "a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique".

Also note this recent article from Psychology Today which says "Living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present."

Alternatively, but a little more highbrow, you might consider:

"Epicureanism" - a Greek philosophy from around 307BCE. I'm sure there was a lot more to the philosophy, but today it is most widely known in pop culture for the saying "eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we may die".


It's called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD. The traumatized brain learns how to ignore history and hyperfocus in the moment as a form of dissociation from painful memories. It's why we forget things, why we have trouble with executive function, I could go on. When you spend half your life trying to forget about your trauma, you forget more than just your trauma.

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