#1- Spend at least a couple of hours outside every day
A study done by the app Mappiness in 2010 found, via 20,000 participants, that people are least happy either at work or while sick in bed.
They are most happy when they’re with friends or lovers.
And their moods tend to reflect the weather at hand.
But, one of the biggest variables is not who you’re with or what you’re doing. It’s where you are.
On average, study participants were significantly happier outdoors, in an all green or natural habitat type, rather than in an urban environment.
We are growing increasingly burdened and inundated by chronic ailments made worse by time spent indoors, from myopia and vitamin D deficiency to obesity, depression, diminishment of eyesight, loneliness, and anxiety, among others.
Since the dawn of the internet, researchers say we have grown more irritable, less sociable, more narcissistic, more distracted, and less cognitively nimble.
This might be due to both, to the internet’s effect on our ability to focus, as well as the barriers created between connecting as deeply emotionally as we once did (now, our screens tend to distract us much of the time).
This can also be due to things like advertising and media, posting selfies (look at me, look at me!), the sense of competition and comparison that social media ushered in, the seeking of status and popularity, the branding of ourselves via crafting our online images for viewers, the diminishment of wisdom, and reading articles and bits of information in short bursts, as opposed to focusing at length on, say, a book for an hour or two.
The fact that we have grown more irritable, less sociable, more narcissistic, more distracted, and less cognitively nimble, though, is also because we are spending way more time indoors.Continue reading “7 Habits to Instill To Make Your Life Healthier and Happier”