A surprisingly simple strategy for creating more happiness and a more interesting life …

A surprisingly simple strategy for creating more happiness and a more interesting life …

I receive notifications from numerous publications when new articles or research appear related to happiness and mental health and other, related topics.

Some of them I share with you here on this happiness blog, some I share or refer to in my weekly eNewsletter (you can sign up on this website; just go to the HOME page or the CONTACT US page) and some I just share out through social media.

Today I’m keen to share with you this article from Science Alert that summarises a super interesting study with simple but practical, and potentially powerful implications. It describes one thing we could all do more of, or better, to boost our happiness based on a great study.

I’ll let the author sum it up …

A variety in everyday movements is linked to better wellbeing, according to a small study of psychiatric patients.

When most of us think of mental-boosting activities, we imagine deliberate and strenuous exercise, like a jog, a bike, or a swim, but the recent study suggests that just visiting a variety of different locations is associated with a higher sense of wellbeing in people with depression or anxiety.

Published in 2022 by researchers from he University Psychiatric Clinics in Basel, Switzerland, the study found the more varied locations people visit, the better they feel about their emotional and psychological wellbeing – even if their mental health symptoms are still there. (You can read more HERE)

Let me emphasise that again … the recent study suggests that just visiting a variety of different locations is associated with a higher sense of wellbeing!

What this means is that we can boost our happiness and wellbeing, we can feel and live better, by doing more different things and by visiting more different locations.

Simple, right?

So make it part of your daily or weekly plan to TRY NEW THINGS, to VISIT NEW PLACES, to MEET NEW PEOPLE. And in doing so, make happiness more a part of your every day life!