Venturing into the great outdoors for awhile is a surefire way to become a happier person. It's pretty hard to take in a breathtaking landscape and not instantly feel a whole lot better about life, you know?
Today features two great holidays - Happiness Happens Day and International Cat Day. Kinda neat that one holiday stresses the importance of paying attention to your happiness and the other causes it to happen. It makes me smile just thinking about my ornery fuzzball of a cat and all the silly things he does. Like how he used to sleep across my wife's neck when he was a kitten. See? Instant happiness.
Today's holidays got me thinking of other things that induce happiness, and the urge to write about it struck. Here's a few activities that I love to get you started. I'm sure you can come up with a bunch more!
Experience Mother Nature.
This could be as simple as taking a stroll around your neighborhood for a breath of fresh air or as involved as an adventure down into the Grand Canyon on a donkey. There's just something about getting outside for a bit that makes you feel better, more peaceful, and genuinely happier. Go play in the rain on a warm summer day. Let the morning sun shine on your face. Share a walk in the woods with somebody you care about.
I like to go bicycling, hiking and canoeing, though I don't do these anywhere near as often as I'd like to. Still, every single time I head out, my happiness goes straight up. Heck, even just anticipating an adventure gives my mood a big lift. I especially love that getting outdoors is usually free. What's not to love about free fun?
Go prepared, though. Pack supplies, and dress appropriately. It's kinda hard to maintain your happy when you're really thirsty, you're fending off mosquitoes or you have a nasty sunburn. Or maybe you're hardcore and those things will remind you of the fun you had - whatever makes you happy!