Do you obsessively take your pulse of luck? Do you know what makes you the happiest? I’m not talking about a happy day, a happy hour or a happy ending to Hollywood.
I speak of true happiness, honest and true, lasting. Maybe you are affected by the syndrome “grass is greener on the other side”.
Think, “If only I could move to another place if the children did not complain so much and if I could do the European holidays I dreamed of, I would be really happy”? Happy people are happy with what they have.
Weddings, prizes, love adventures, wallets, shoes or cars make you happy, but this joy is short-lived.
If you are looking for real luck, you may be looking in the wrong place. These 20 impressive facts about happiness can surprise you.
1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
It works the other way around too. Physical cold can lead to social cold (loneliness). Try a hat or hand warmer.
2. Crazy cat ladies are happier
A pet makes you happier. (Do you have 90 cats? Well, we hope so.) Caressing an animal releases oxytocin in our brain.
Known as the “hug hormone”, it immediately makes you happier. We can all use a bit more of the Hug hormone.
3. Dancing increases happiness
Experiments have shown the cognitive benefits of dancing. University researchers in York and Sheffield took a group of people and sent them to a lab where music was heard for five minutes.
Everyone had to choose between three options: sit still and listen to music, ride a bike or get up and dance while listening. Everyone received cognitive tasks that they had to do before and after.
Dancing also improves spatial awareness, in addition to increasing the heart rate and making the release of endorphins in the bloodstream feel good.
Another advantage is that it helps lower cortisol levels, a stress hormone. “That’s another reason why you feel happy and relaxed,” says fitness expert Matt Roots.
4. Disney romance
Disney is not only the “happiest place in the world”, but also brings together some unlikely couples.
The voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, also married in real life.
5. Drinking makes you feel good
Anyone who has drunk alcohol knows what it feels like to feel good. It has recently been discovered that tall drinkers feel drunk rather than moderate when the body releases these chemicals to feel good in response to alcohol known as endorphins. But if you drink a lot, sometimes you do not release endorphins.
6. Flower power
When you talk about smelling and smelling flowers, you become happier. Researchers are exploring the co-evolution of plants and humans, but the aroma of a flower definitely promotes social interaction and behavior.
7. Free Hugs
There are studies that have shown that a twenty-second hug reduces the harmful physical effects of stress, including its effects on blood pressure and heart rate. This is because, on longer hugs, oxytocin is released, a powerful brain hormone found only in mammals.
It is sometimes referred to as a “bonding hormone” (or better “love drug”) because it plays a crucial role in strengthening social relationships.
And one of the most effective ways to stimulate oxytocin is to hug someone for at least twenty seconds.
8. Get steamy
People who lack social warmth, eg. B. People who feel lonely replace them with physical heat. B. a hot bath.
It is in our genes to look for warmer things when we feel socially cold. It’s no joke. If we feel alone then we take longer and warmer baths.
9. GNH – Gross National Happiness
Gross Social Happiness: Gross Social Happiness (also known by the acronym GNH) is a philosophy that guides the government of Bhutan. It contains an index that is used to measure the collective happiness and well-being of a population.
Gross national happiness was enshrined as the goal of the Bhutanese government in the Bhutanese constitution promulgated on July 18, 2008.
The term “gross social happiness” was coined in 1972 in an interview conducted by a British journalist for the Financial Times at Bombay Airport, when Bhutan’s then king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, said, “Gross national happiness is more important than …” the gross national product. “
10. Happiness is next to Godliness
People who go to a church, a mosque, a temple, or other religious centers are happier than those who do not. There is even a remarkable difference between monthly and weekly payments.
11. Happy as a rat
The little Remy of Ratatouille has a secret. Tickle a rat and he’ll laugh like crazy. However, I try to find this rat in the greasy pizzeria carefully. You need a sound system that records high notes, eg. B. a dog whistle. Her giggles are too loud for us to hear without her.
12. Happy means healthy
“Happiness is the purpose of life, the whole purpose and the end of human existence.” The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle said these words more than 2,000 years ago and they still sound true today.
Happiness is a broad term that describes the experience of positive emotions such as happiness, contentment and contentment.
New research shows that not only does one feel better when one is happier, but also brings with it a number of potential health benefits.
13. Just an Illusion
You are happier if you think you have more sex than your friends. It is good that you are sure that they are lying about how often they consume something.
14. Just right
People in cold climates are more likely to become depressed in long winters. It’s called seasonal affective disorder. But drinking rum and coke on a sunny Miami beach is not exactly the best option.
Happiness is best when it’s around 13.9 ° C outside. Rain, wind speed and humidity have no significant influence.
15. Money buys happiness
Did not you expect it? When you starve and sleep with constant fear (think of Syrian war refugees), you can not be happier than everyone else.
Among other things, we are happy to go to bed with a full stomach every night.
16. Money doesn’t buy happiness
Wait … what about the last point? It turns out that your mother was right too. Once your basic needs are met (about $ 40,000 if you live in the US), higher earnings will not significantly increase your happiness.
17. Pretty Woman
In heterosexual marriages, a better-looking woman means a happier marriage. It seems that men pay more attention to looks in marriage than women since marriage to a handsome man does not necessarily mean a happier one.
18. Tulips are red, tulips are blue
Holland sends 20,000 tulips to Canada each year to thank Canadians for their help in World War II, especially for the protection of Princess Juliana in Ottawa for three years.
19. Yellow Submarine
It’s not about the song, it’s about the color. To see yellow makes you happier. Maybe you buy a yellow Corvette or paint your rooms in yellows.
On the other hand, anxious or depressed people are more closely associated with gray.
20. You smell different when happy
The old-age says that happiness is contagious. New research indicates that there may actually be a science that supports this.
Good luck, say, scientists, has a characteristic smell that humans can perceive. And when we perceive a good smell of the joy of another person, we also feel happier.
The key is in our sweat. According to the psychologist and scientist Gün Semin from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, principal investigator of the study, “the exposure to sweat created by happiness induces a simulation of happiness in the receptors and a contagion of the emotional state”.