The following article is a guest post.
There’s no truer measure of success than happiness. It’s the ultimate goal in life, whatever we feel we need to get to achieve it. But happiness can often be elusive, no matter how much wealth you manage to accumulate, and different countries and cultures tend to have different levels of happiness.
For example, Norway and Costa Rica have each been named as the happiest countries in the world by various happiness reports. Which certainly demonstrates that average temperature isn’t necessarily a decisive factor in how happy people are.
There are definitely lessons we can all learn from our friends around the world about how to find true happiness, so here are five tips that you may never have thought of:
Many of these tips focus on the simple things in life, and one of the simplest ways to find happiness is to get in touch with nature. It boosts your cognitive ability and helps you to recharge, so in Sweden, they have gökotta.
It’s the tradition of waking up early so you can go outside and listen to the birds sing. So even if you’re not a morning person, give a go and see how it makes you feel.
Another tip that involves getting back to nature is Hanami from Japan.
Every spring people there gather to see and smell the beautiful cherry blossoms. A practice that is both good for the soul and your body’s wellbeing, as floral scents have been proven to have positive impacts combating stress, sleeplessness and depression.
Many of these happiness tips focus on taking time out of our busy lives to slow down. So many of us rush around trying to achieve everything that we think we need to be happy, only to make ourselves tired and unhappy in the process.
Sobresma is the Spanish tradition of slowing down by staying sat at the table after meals with family and friends to talk, rather than all dispersing to our own worlds again.
Sometimes, even spending time with family and friends can be stressful and have a negative impact on our happiness levels. So why not do as the Croatians do and enjoy some Fjaka time?
Fjaka is the simplest activity of all and one that we rarely appreciate as much as we should. It’s the art of doing NOTHING. Having downtime is essential for our short-term mental and physical recovery and for our long-term health in general, so don’t forget to schedule some nothingness in.
You know this one. Yoga has been one of India’s most popular and enduring exports and people around the world use it for many physical and emotional benefits. But do you?
How People Stay Happy Around The World
These are just five ways that people around the world find happiness. If you want to find out some other tips, check out this infographic from HomeToGo and see which ones you can start incorporating into your daily life to bring yourself more happiness.