According to mnn.com, here are some alternative list of habits, backed by science, employed by those who are successfully living a blissful life.
They practice “hygge”.
Prounounced as HYU-gah, it is a cultural concept practiced in Denmark that helps them make it through their dark long winters, and still maintain their position as the happiest place in the world. It revolves around intimacy, gratitude and family. It’s an emotional coziness, similar to what you feel during Christmas — candles, food, being with your family, and lasts all year.
Now that I’ve learned about this, I believe my family and I are already practicing this, we just call it “hibernation weekends”, where we just enjoy each other’s company, and have food all day, watching movies, singing karaoke, playing or dancing through xbox 360 or doing any stuff together, since we are too lazy to go out this winter.
They go to parks.
A study found that a 5-minute dose of nature improves self-esteem; Another study reveals that the happiness jump associated with green space gets people 1/3 boost in well-being. Green areas with water were found to be the most beneficial.
Agree. I believe getting your much needed sun helps a ton as well. Who doesn’t feel good after going to the park?
They smell the flowers.
According to Jeannette Haviland-Jones, of Rutgers University. floral odors can make you happy, and promote social interaction. Floral smell is an emotion manipulator, improves mood, increases happiness and friendliness.
Maybe that’s why I love smelling flowers. I just stopped and smell the roses I got from my hubby this valentines 🙂
They get dirty.
Medical researchers in the UK found evidence that friendly bacteria in soil may boost immune system, boost serotonin and help ward off depression.
I also read that walking barefoot in the dirt or sand grounds us and releases stress and free radicals we get from constant exposure to electromagnetic frequencies, thus, we can sleep better and be happier if we do this regularly.
A study found that more women report moderate intensity exercise causes them better mood, greater feelings of energy, psychological well-being and self-efficacy.
I love working out be it zumba, yoga, total conditioning, or just running. I always feel good and so much happier after a good workout. I am finding my kids to like being active through sports as well. They love the daily training and competitions, and are always happy and uplifted after their daily practice.
They have satisfying jobs or they quit.
A Gallup poll revealed that workers who are happily engaged and enthusiastic about their work were happiest in life. 42 percent of those who responded described themselves as “thriving” while 48 percent of those unemployed described themselves the same way, revealing that there are 6 percent more people who are happier unemployed than having a crummy job.
In my line of work, I’ve seen people who are miserable on what they do but they still choose to do it, and I’ve seen people who’ve decided to make a change by quitting and are a lot happier after. I am just lucky to have a job that I enjoy doing and gives me the convenience and flexibility of working from home.
They live in Scandinavian countries.
According to United Nation’s World Happiness Report, Denmark is the happiest country, followed by Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Canada. They are generally northern countries. So what’s the deal? they practice hygge.
I also read that except for Canada, those countries have the most vacation days as well. So could more vacation times be key as well? Who wouldn’t be happier with more paid time offs?
They don’t try to be… happy!
Iris Mauss, a study researcher, said that wanting to be happy can make you less happy. Explicitly and purposely focusing on happiness appears to have self-defeating quality. Women who valued happiness more appears to be less happy and more depressed than women who didn’t place much importance on the goal.
So there you go. If you want to be happy, don’t try too hard. Forget about it and just go with the flow.