Living in a world overflowing with information, materials things and status can be both a blessing and a curse. Why you might ask yourself? While many of life’s conveniences have made life undeniably easier, our fast-paced lives may be responsible for our overall satisfaction and happiness.
The quest for a happier life doesn't require a major lifestyle overhaul; instead, small, mindful changes can make a significant difference:
Change your pace: In a world that thrives on quick fixes, slowing down might seem counterintuitive. However, the pursuit of instant gratification often leaves us with short-lived joy. Instead, try embracing a slower pace. Opt for minimally processed foods that take longer to chew, providing a more satisfying eating experience. Research even suggests that people consume fewer calories when choosing unprocessed foods over ultra-processed options. Those making the choice end up being happier with the end result even though cooking and choosing healthier foods is a more time consuming choice. You could even apply the same principle to shopping by considering a waiting period before making online purchases. Whether it's buying items in person or delaying online shopping, these intentional pauses can lead to more thoughtful and fulfilling choices.
Go back to nature: Spending time in nature has a remarkable impact on our well-being. A recent study from Austria highlighted that people reported increased happiness and reduced feelings of loneliness when outdoors. Nature, with its calming surroundings, can help alleviate the stressors of daily life. One interesting aspect, noted by researchers from the same study highlight the power of fractals on your well-being —which are repeating patterns found in nature. These patterns, like the intricate design of a snowflake or the branching structure of trees, contribute to a soothing effect on the mind. Plan a stroll through a green park, mountains or forest to experience the calming benefits of nature's fractals.
Disconnect to Reconnect: While immersing yourself in nature, take a break from your phone. Research suggests that bringing your phone into nature and using it diminishes the positive effects of the outdoors. In a world dominated by screens, disconnecting allows you to fully appreciate the beauty around you. Consider leaving your device at home or switching it to airplane mode to ensure your focus is on the natural world around you, not the digital one. By disconnecting, you open yourself up to the true benefits of nature, promoting a sense of peace and rejuvenation. Hot tip: power off your phone 30 minutes or longer before bed, this will help improve your sleep quality and hours of rest.
Incorporating these life enhancing tips into your ritual doesn't require a drastic overhaul. Embrace the power of slowing down, reconnecting with nature, and taking a break from screens. In doing so, you can retrain your brain to happiness! And you may just find yourself on a path to a happier, more fulfilling life—one small, intentional step at a time!