Happiness has a different definition for everyone. What’s more, it keeps changing as we grow older in years and experience. For instance, a young individual may find happiness in outdoor activities and adventure. An older person may seek out close friends and family.
However, we may all agree that in order to get happiness, we must all understand a few things about it. After all, we’re all striving for it. Hence, below are a few scientifically proven factors that could contribute to your happiness and satisfaction:
1. You Have A Choice
It’s a mistake to think that outside factors are the only ones responsible for our happiness. If we keep looking outside for inner satisfaction, we may never find it.
Simply put, bad things are bound to happen. It is up to a person to make the sadness stretch over a long period of time. if they keep concentrating on the negative aspects of life, they would never accept that they could be happy.
Sometimes we just keep waiting for bliss to find us but forget that we’re the one to accept it. Think about it; if we were going to work on a UK dissertation, we wouldn’t just sit around and wait for the ideas to flow, would we? We’d be actively engaging in research that could bring us ideas and information.
Small things can give us a lot of joy if we only accept it. For instance, a flower blossoming through a crack in the pavement could give you hope for the rest of the day. However, that is only possible if you actually linger on the positivity of the situation. If you are immediately brought down by the next minor setback, happiness would move much further away.
2. The Weather Can Influence Happy Feelings
This is not to say that outside factors don’t have any effect on happiness. They definitely do, but can probably be influenced by a person if they put their mind to it. For instance, if you live in an area with extreme climate, your contentment level is likely to go down. This could be because you’re up against the forces of nature so many times.
With milder climates, people are less likely to worry about the weather and focus more on what brings them joy. For instance, they don’t have to think twice about going on a picnic or to the beach.
There is also such a thing as Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is mainly the result of long winter months, where there is less light. With this light withdrawal, one’s body may simply not feel energetic. Hence, the general mood is likely to be a depressed one.
3. Smell The Joy
Believe it or not, happiness has been known to spread through some nice scents. It’s not that surprising, given how powerful our sense of smell is. Aromatherapy is a great way to relax and even get many health benefits. If that isn’t a recipe for happiness, we don’t know what is.
The best fragrance for happiness, according to research, is a rose scent. There are some fragrant perfumes available that could enhance a person’s social skills. What’s more, it could even make one more empathic and selfless! As the next point discusses, this is also the path to true happiness.
4. Giving Creates More Happiness Than Taking
Finally, happiness is best achieved when one gives rather than takes. It’s all very well to say that we would we happy once we have enough material things, but that’s just not true.
Even if you give a little to charity or help out a person in need, the happiness boost is far more than accepting someone else’s help. This is both psychologically and practically proven.
Researching the means of achieving happiness would hopefully help us in our search for it. We should actively try to put ourselves and others into situations that promote happiness. It’s quite surprising how much the happiness factor is in our hands. So the next time you’re feeling down, try thinking about the facts above and endeavor to change your mood for the better.
Eleanore Dyer is a Life Coach who guides people regarding their life, relationship, and career. She frequently writes articles and conducts workshops on how to achieve happiness and mental well-being.