Is Hygge Why Danes Are So Happy?
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The Danish concept of hygge is tricky to translate—"coziness of the soul" is one blogger's attempt—but if you've ever snuggled up with a loved one under a blanket by the fire, you've definitely felt it.
The Science Of Gratitude
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It seems simplistic, but remembering to say "thank you" can turn your day, your month, or even your year around. It's true (science says so). There's only so much you can control in this world, but counting your blessings has been proven to make a positive difference. According to a 2003 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, not only can gratitude make you feel better by reducing toxic emotions, but it can also influence how you take care of your health. In the study, three groups of participants were assigned to keep a journal. One group was instructed to list five things they were grateful for in the past week, another group recorded neutral events, and the last group documented five daily hassles that got in the way of their day. The grateful people in the study reported feeling more optimistic and better about their lives overall, in addition to exercising more and experiencing fewer physical ailments.
Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Outranks Its Gross Domestic Product
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Money can't buy happiness. That's just as true for individuals as it is for governments. In Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom nestled in the Himalayas between India and China, they've turned that truism into government policy.
Eat Fruits And Veggies To Boost Your Happiness
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It's common knowledge that fruits and vegetables are vital parts of a nutritious diet. Recent research shows strong evidence that eating fruits and veggies provides even more positive benefits than just for your physical health. Reported in July 2016, researchers at the University of Warwick found evidence that eating fruits and vegetables is associated with a substantial increase in happiness levels. In the study, happiness increased for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables up to eight portions per day. This was one of the first major scientific attempts to look at the link between eating fruits and vegetables and positive psychological effects. Some researchers believe there is a link between optimism and blood levels of carotenoid, which is present in many fruits and vegetables, although more research is needed. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.