How to increase your happiness level
Updated: May 6, 2021
In my last post, I showed you that stuff is not what makes you happy. But now, I'm gonna tell you two things that will definitely increase your level of happiness.
The first one is investing in experiences vs material items
This research study shows that people find enjoyment in simply planning an experience, and further, they gain significantly more happiness acquiring an experience than by making a material purchase.
What happens with stuff is that we get used to them. Because of that, the feeling we had when we first bought those things fades away really fast, while experiences have a longer-lasting effect on us. It also makes us look back on those experiences to savor the moment, which gives our body and mind a sense of appreciation, and that can increase levels of happiness.
The second one would be social connections
As an organizer, I listen to all my clients frustrations and in 98% of the cases, they express their desire to be able to have people over to their home, to have family visiting, or be able to host a holiday dinner. But they can't, because their house is full of stuff, it's disorganized, cluttered, and they just don't feel comfortable inviting people in.
By having a cluttered home, you are missing one of the most important ways to increase your happiness which is maintaining a close connection with people. Of course you can go to restaurants, parks and other activities, but in times like this, when we're navigating a crises and can't go a lot of places, being at home is suddenly a big deal and having a comfortable, safe space became a lot more important that usual.
Being able to have a friend over for coffee or dinner or hosting family gathering can change your mood and have effects on your level of happiness for days and even weeks.
Close relationships not only make you happy, but they are also associated with better health and even longer life-spans. Since relationships are connected to some of our strongest emotions, when they are positive, we feel happiness, contentment, and calm.
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About the author: Carol is a journalist, currently earning a Master’s Education in Positive Psychology. She has a passion for all things organization and has been working as a professional organizer for the past 6 years, helping families and individuals live a more purposeful and productive life.