One easy way to increase your happiness is to infuse positivity into your surroundings.
Simple things like: In your workspace, put up photos of your loved ones. Or, add all of the things you love into the places where you spend most of your time.
One particularly positive surrounding is nature. Get outdoors on a regular basis. The Japanese use the wonderful phrase of “forest bathing” to describe getting outside and taking in nature with all your senses.
Even easier; make time to go outside on a nice day. In studies, spending just 20 minutes outside in good weather boosted mood, broadened thinking and improved working memory. That is a great return for such a small investment.
The opposite is also true. You should avoid negativity in your surroundings. One particularly dangerous source of negativity is television. You should limit the amount of negative television that you watch. I am talking about the latest drama about deranged psychopaths or families that encounter staggering morose setback after staggering setback. However, I am also talking about watching the news.
My father taught me that to be a good citizen you had to keep up on current events via the news. However, studies reveal that those that watch less TV news are actually more accurate judges of life’s risks and rewards. For more on my recommendations, read my article on healthier media consumption.
Just my opinion. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
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