Lifestyle of a person, society or a country can be determined by the way of living, eating, speaking and way of wearing clothes. Lifestyle can also be termed as the culture. Life style is expressed in both work and leisure behaviour patterns and on individual basis, in activities, attitude, interests, opinions, values, and allocation of income. It also reflects people’s self picture or self notion; the way they view themselves and trust they are observed by the others. Life style is a composite of motivations, needs, and wants and is influenced by factors such as family, culture, reference groups and social class. For example: south Indian people eat by using leaves of the banana trees, this determines their culture or the life style they all are following. Another example can be of Punjabi people, who wear turban on their heads determines their lifestyle.
As spoken before that lifestyle of people can be determined by the various factors, one such factor is the language of the people living in different areas of different countries. For example: people living in Haryana state speaks Haryanvi language 99% of the times which tells about their Haryanvi culture or life style. Similarly in case of Punjab, where people speaks Punjabi, Kolkata where people speak Bengali, Bangalore where people speaks Kannada, Chennai where people speaks Tamil language. Coming to the languages of different countries, we can say that people of France are having French lifestyle because they speak French language. Similarly in case of china where people have Chinese life style, Japan having Japanese life style, Pakistan having Islamic lifestyle.
Another factor that determines the life style of the people is the variety of food they eat. In India, different states are having different speciality of food items for example: in south India, IDLI, DOSA, AND SAMBHAR are the main speciality or we can say that these items defines the south Indian cultural. In Punjab, MAKKI KI ROTI WITH SARSON KA SAAG determines the life style of this state. Fish determines the lifestyle of the people in west Bengal region. Talking about different countries, each and every country has its own speciality of food items for example: we can say that people living in Italy have Italian lifestyle just by saying that they eat Italian food for example pasta, risotto etc. Even when a foreigner is eating Italian food in India in front of us then the first thing that comes to our mind is that, he/she is belongs to Italy. Even by the way of eating, we can determine the lifestyle of the people for example if foreigner in India is eating food with chopsticks, then he/she is following Chinese life style. Food is one of the major factors for determining the culture and lifestyle of people. Rural people have different food habits than that of urban people and that’s why a rural environment has different life styles as compared an urban metropolis.
A life style typically reflects an individual’s attitudes, way of life, values or world view. Therefore, a lifestyle is a tool of creating a perception of self and to design cultural logo that resonate with personal identity. Not all aspects of a lifestyle are voluntary. Surrounding communal and practical systems can restrain the lifestyle options accessible to the individual and the symbols he/she is able to project to others and the self. A healthy or unhealthy lifestyle will most likely be transmitted across generations. High income parents are more likely to eat organic food, have time to time exercise, and provide the best living condition to their children. On the alternate hand, low income parents are more probable to engage in destructive activities such as smoking, drinking, drugs to help them release poverty related stress and depression. Interests of people are very important to know their life style for example: if a person is interested in activities like sky diving, Para-gliding, rafting, surfing etc. Then it shows that the person has an adventurous lifestyle. Day to day activities of a person such as going to gym regularly or having a healthy diet daily determines that the person is living a healthy life style.
Life style may include views on politics, religion, health, intimacy, and more. All of these roles help in shaping’s one’s lifestyle.
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