Health and wellness isn’t all about vitamins, minerals, and vegetables.
It’s also about positivity, staying happy, and experiencing life to the fullest.
But here’s the thing.
A lot of people get stuck in the same old patterns.
They go to work, they come home, they eat the same foods, and they pretty much stick to the same old routines.
And in doing so, they get stuck.
So in this post, you’re going to learn a little bit about the positive energy of new experiences, and how ‘getting out of your comfort zone’ is sometimes the best thing you can do for your health, happiness, and well-being.
Let’s dive in.
Experiences Make Us Happier People
According to all kinds of science, experiences tend to bring us significantly more happiness than possessions.
In fact, we probably all intuitively know this.
We doubtlessly feel it.
So, why do so few people capitalize on it?
According to a recent study, only 14% of adults say that they’re ‘very happy.’
Partly due to the pandemic, but also doubtlessly due to other factors, people in the U.S. are more unhappy than they’ve been in the last 50 years.
Well, one reason for this is doubtlessly due to the fact that the pandemic brought on all kinds of added stress to what is normally considered a pretty ‘stressful’ modern day existence anyway.
But it’s also important to dig a bit deeper into this ‘possessions versus experiences’ question, and ask the query at the base of it all.
What can we do to be happier people?
Positive Energy And New Experiences
One thing that the pandemic did was shut down the potential for new experiences.
It is, after all, difficult to have ‘new experiences’ while locked down and unable to leave your house, apartment, or workplace.
And so, perhaps now, in a world where the lockdowns are ending and people are getting more ‘back to normal’ than they’ve been in quite some time, the key to being happier is to seek out new experiences and enjoy the positive energy that those experiences bring.
Newness does, after all, bring with it a sense of new life, purpose, satisfaction, and adventure.
And when it comes to producing happiness and increasing our sense of fulfillment, these are all vital ingredients.
But what exactly is a new experience? Well, here are 4 things to look for in experience that’ll tend to bring you the most positive energy, happiness, and fulfillment.
1. Experiences That Are Positive
You certainly don’t want to do things that’ll make you feel worse. Looking for the ‘good things’ in life is important. Good people, good experiences, positive vibes. Etc.
2. Experiences That Take You Beyond Your Comfort Zone
This is all part of the discovery process. How can you blaze new trails if you always stick to home base?
3. Experiences That Include Beautiful Things
Successfully expanding your horizons often involves experiencing beauty in some form or fashion. Beautiful mountains, moments, music, and memories are all examples.
4. Experiences That Include Other People
Yes, hiking that mountain range on your own may provide you with a certain amount of solitary fulfillment. But at some point, you’re going to want to come home and tell someone about it.
People matter. We’re social creatures. Making other humans a part of your new experiences is important.
At the end of the day, our experiences shape who we are.
But they also dictate how we feel.
And if you can create more positivity by doing new things and having new experiences… Well, that’s a pretty awesome thing.