Wednesday, April 22, 2009

6 Tips for Celebrating Earth Day and Boost Your Happiness, Too

In honor of Earth Day, here are seven strategies that will allow you simultaneously to boost your happiness and safeguard the environment (in your own small way).

1. Walk a mile instead of driving. Walking means you’re not adding gas fumes and rubber particles to the air, and at the same time, studies show, even a ten-minute walk lifts your mood and gives you a burst of energy.

2. Pause before you buy anything. Do you really need that gadget or gizmo? One study suggests that the average household could cut back on 40% of housework by cutting back on clutter, which almost certainly would boost your happiness considerably. And by not buying, you save resources that would be spend in production, transportation, and disposal.

3. Buy a gas-efficient car. Because of the hedonic treadmill, you quickly adapt to changed circumstances. Although you may fall in love with a gas-hog in the showroom, once you’ve had the car for a while, you’ll take it for granted—but stopping for gas is annoying every time.

4. Carpool. Unfortunately, a bad commute is something to which people never adjust; it’s a pain every single day. Studies show that we enjoy activities more when we do them with other people, so carpooling is better for your happiness as well as for the environment.

5. Pick up other people’s litter. Do good, feel good is a happiness truism that really is true. Act like a considerate citizen of the world, and you’ll boost your self-esteem.

6. Work in your garden. Research suggests that working with soil may boost mood by strengthening your immune system and flooding your brain with serotonin.

Happy Earth Day!

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1 comment:

mina. said...

All this posts for the earth day are so inspiring Sashi. I started today by walking instead of taking my usual bus. I think if everyone starts by a small change things can be better.

I read that today is the perfect day to stand barefoot for a while in your garden, or a will give good energy to you and to mother earth.

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