Meraki

Greek; adjective

  1. To do something with soul, creativity, or love.
  2. To put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing.

Note: There is no English equivalent for this word. Meraki is, unsurprisingly, untranslatable.

In Greek, there is a word for the way we do things for those we love. That word is meraki. This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work. When you love doing something that you put your entire self into, the love and happiness shows. The gracious being of your soul shines through and it manifests into the world.

– Mariya Dondonyan

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