The simplest way to feel happier.
The good news is that you can be happy regardless of your current reality. Happiness is not a commodity. It is something that is readily available.
But most people don’t realize it. Becoming happier each day will not cost you a dime. In fact, a recent study found that spending a moment appreciating things around you is enough to make you feel good.
A study led my Holli-Anne Passmore found that taking a break is helpful to shift your mood. In addition, bringing yourself to mother-nature can make you even happier.
There were 395 people participated in the study. The participants were divided into three groups.
One group was assigned to observe man-made structures while the other group was assigned to observe nature.
The emotion of each group was compared to the control group who did neither.
The finding suggests that observing natural objects such as flowers and trees boost well-being.
“The difference in participants’ well-being – their happiness, sense of elevation, and their level of connectedness to other people, not just nature – was significantly higher than participants in the group noticing how human-built objects made them feel and the control group.”
This is not the first study to indicate the significant impact of mother-nature in human emotion.
Some studies also found visiting parks can make a person happier. The best thing is that you don’t need to stay for long hours in the park to feel good. You only need a few minutes.
Holli-Anne Passmore added:
“This wasn’t about spending hours outdoors or going for long walks in the wilderness.
This is about the tree at a bus stop in the middle of a city and the positive effect that one tree can have on people.”
Noticing natural surrounding will not only help you feel happier but also boosts your prosocial behavior – that is feeling happy helping others.
Next time you feel stressed by your work or relationship, try to detach yourself from your current reality. Breathe some fresh air. Visit the park near you and enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings.
In so doing, you will be able to conquer tranquillity and happier day!
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.