Post by – Andrea Vizcaíno.
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On 20 June is celebrated Yellow Day, better known as the happiest day of the year. And you might ask: What’s so special about this day that makes it the happiest of the year? According to different studies it is the day of the year in which more external factors coincide, specifically meteorological, economic, and social factors that make us feel happy.
Which are these external factors that condition happiness?
- Increase of the hours of light.
Sunlight activates us and produces serotonin, one of the hormones that make us feel happy. This hormone has an essential role in the inhibition of anger, aggressiveness, mood, and regulation of sleep. With high levels of serotonin we feel more cheerful, happy, and positive.
On the other hand, sunlight provides us with Vitamin D. This vitamin, apart from being responsible for maintaining the health of our bones, is also related with our immune system and our mental health
- Moderate temperatures, around 21 degrees.
There are studies that relate a mild or moderate climate with a good mood. Specifically, a study carried out at the Hamburg University concluded that these temperatures motivate to spend time outdoors, thus exposing ourselves to sunlight, doing sports, socialising, etc. That is, it motivates us to do activities that are intimately related with emotional well-being as they produce the liberation of the so-called happiness hormones.
- The summer holidays are coming.
We notice the proximity of the holidays, as the days are longer many times we enjoy an intensive work day and have the afternoon off, we start to plan what we will do on our holidays, we have (some of us) the extra pay of summer, etc.
What can I do to have many happy days despite not having these external factors?
To start, I think it wouldn’t be a bad idea to begin by clarifying…
WHAT IS HAPPINESS?
There are many forms of defining or understanding happiness. Perhaps the definition I most agree with is the one that says that happiness is an emotional state characterised by the sensation of well-being and realization we feel when we get involved in projects that excite us and that we feel committed to.
It is a present moment more or less lasting in time where the main item is calmness. That is, we experience happiness when we feel serenity, security in interpersonal relations and the absence of pain, both physical and emotional.
We tend to think that happiness depends on the things we achieve or on what other people do or don’t do and has an effect on us, but the reality is that it mainly depends on oneself, on what each one of us does and feels. Happiness is achieved with small things that arise in everyday life.
“The secret of happiness is not in always doing what you want, but in loving, with all the passion in the world, everything you do”
Happiness is totally subjective (what makes me happy does not necessarily make you happy and vice versa), and relative (we are happy in that moment, accepting that in other moments we won’t because adversity, problems, and difficulties are part of life).
“Being happy does not mean experiencing pleasure all the time or avoiding unpleasant emotions, it refers to being realistic about what life entails”
Research shows that what characterises happy people is:
- The quality of relations with the rest. To be human means to be social. How happy we may feel, in the short term but most of all in the long term depends in great measure on the kind of relation we are capable of establishing with family, friends, partners, etc. Having solid intimate relationships promotes happiness
- Thankfulness, gratitude. Giving thanks for what we have and live makes us focus on the positive. That is, it makes you pay attention to circumstances or people who love us and support us, as well as the infinite good things we have and normally do not value. So to practise gratitude will protect you from destructive feelings like envy, resentment, etc.
Once we have clarified the concept of happiness it is essential that you know that the most determining thing for your happiness depends exclusively on you…
THE ACTIVE INGREDIENT OF HAPPINESS “Our attitude”
What is happiness made up of?
Being happy or not depends 50% on genetics, 10% on life circumstances, and 40% on our attitude. The way in which we face or manage our life is decisive for our happiness
“We have the conscious option of choosing our attitude, our actions, and how we face what happens to us. We are responsible for our own life, this is why we are responsible for what we fill it with”
We have to know that we always have time to develop an attitude that predisposes us to happiness. Our brain can be trained to generate new habits that make us feel happy.
TIPS FOR ACHIEVING HAPPINESS
- Be grateful.
It will make you more aware that each moment is a gift that life gives you and that we cannot be sure it will be repeated, which will make us value it and be thankful for it.
It will make you feel that life smiles on you with small and great details
- Be generous.
When we help others our brain liberates dopamine and oxytocin, which makes us feel happy. At the same time, it helps us to gain perspective of our real situation and make us aware of how lucky we are.
- Promote positive thoughts.
It is what we call realistic optimism. After contemplating both the good and the bad, the positive and the negative, you choose more frequently to keep the good and see the glass half full. Seeing the good side even of adverse situations.
It consists in working our brain so it generates different routes to interpret a same situation. In no case is it about seeing everything rosy, but in seeing things as they are; leaving aside drama; accepting that in life good things and bad things can happen to us.
- Work on your emotional world.
Understanding what has produced in you an emotion, how your interpretations influence your emotions and reactions is vital for your happiness.
- Promote your social relations.
Surround yourself with positive persons; persons who motivate and give strength. Happiness is contagiousa.
- Promote your sense of humour.
Cheerfulness and laughter are a treasure. To laugh is a fabulous resource to liberate tension you may have been feeling in a certain moment. Laugh at yourself!
- Practise sports, leave laziness asidea.
Doing exercise strengthens us psychologically and improves our emotional healthl.
The level of happiness of people who practise sports is 20-50% higher than of people who don’t.
- Build in yourself. Set yourself goals with which you feel goodn.
As we know, reaching goals, achieving things gives us pleasure, which obviously is related to happiness. But what really is important is to be happy during the process, as in daily routine, in the small things is where happiness lies.
Do things you feel committed to, things that provide something, things that help you to grow in your path
Love and enjoy everything you do.
To sum up, as you will have noticed… happiness is summed up in making decisions.
Decide to be happy and set in motion behaviours that take you there!
What about if we start to include in your routine of #selfcare products that help the liberation of the so-called hormones of happiness?
There are products that favour happiness due to their fragrance and sensoriality, like the case of Sun Idyllic, a nourishing body oil to apply after sun exposure that sublimates the tan. It contains Polar Rose Extract, a neurocosmetic ingredient that increases the levels of ß-endorphins, providing relaxing, anti-stress, and well-being effects.
Oil Tonic Scrub of Oil Phytocare, a nourishing body exfoliator for dry and very dry skin with prodigious virtues of natural oils and plant extracts that make this exfoliator a multi-sensory treatment product.
Zen Attitude is a synergy of oils that, applied strategically on certain points, helps to achieve general well-being reducing the sensation of stress and fatigue. This combination of Essential Oils of Lavender, Mint, Cajeput, and Lotus reduces tension, providing a state of calmness.
The Elixir Absoluto de Nutrición from Timexpert Rides is a dry facial oil with a refined texture and silky touch, magnified with essential jasmine wax that provides an extraordinary application experience.
Or the Correction and Express Luminosity Eye Contour from Timexpert C+(A.G.E.). In just 3 seconds it awakens the eye contour, showing it luminous, fresh, and youthful. Or its light texture and pleasant fragrance, which are a true injection of freshness.
WHAT IS BEHIND HAPPINESS?
The chemistry of well-being…
The search for happiness has always been one of the objectives of human beings. What you might not know is that that happiness is inside us, because we are pure chemistry.
The brain, moved by the emotions, produces chemical substances, specifically hormones, which make us feel good, content, excited and cheerful.
Endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin are the so-called hormones of happiness.
ENDORPHINS. Are very related to the inhibition of pain and the production of the sensation of pleasure.
SEROTONIN generates sensations of well-being, balance, tranquillity.
DOPAMINE is the so-called reward hormone. It generates a sensation of satisfaction and makes you repeat the behaviour that has given you satisfaction.
OXYTOCIN is the hormone of love. It provides a sensation of empathy, sociability, and belonging. Security in the emotional relations