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Travel Boosts Mood Even More Than Exercising Or Shopping, Survey Finds

Travel Boosts Mood Even More Than Exercising Or Shopping, Survey Finds

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

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If you have experienced that feel good buzz after having a satisfying or relaxing holiday, you are not alone. A new study conducted by Wakefield Research reveals that traveling boosts your mood. The “Traveler’s Sweet Spot” survey even showed that people found traveling made them feel even better than they did if they partook in a shopping spree or exercise.

The survey found that people often travel for a reason. They may travel for a wedding, a baby shower or just to spend time with friends and family. Whatever the reason, travel seems to be fulfilling for most of us.

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The Findings Of The Survey

The survey consisted of 1,005 U.S. adults and looked at different types of trips that most successfully boosted people’s moods. It was found that 38 percent of men and 34 percent of women preferred romantic getaways as their choice vacations. Family escapes (33 percent of all participants) came in a close second and holidays with good friends (23 percent) were also found to be favored by many.

A Short Trip Can Do The Trick

The survey also found that the trip needn’t be extensive in order to provide that good buzz. Four out of five Americans said that they would prefer to take a few short trips than one long getaway. Forty-four percent reported that they aim to take three to four holidays, while nearly ten percent strive to take seven or more holidays in 2016.

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Healthy Activity While Traveling Can Also Help Your Mood. Getting out and about also contributes to that good feeling. Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist who worked with Expedia on a study, says “Exposure to a healthy amount of sunshine is also believed to increase the brain’s release of the hormone serotonin which is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused,” 

Travel Can Also Boost Your Sex Life. The benefits of travel are more than just mood boosting. According to the study, travel was found to help people improve their health, lose weight, gain confidence and increase their sex drive. Getting out and about helps improve your libido and can make you feel more positive about being intimate with others.

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Travel Can Help You Lose Weight. When people travel they tend to undertake spurts of healthy activity. They seem to ditch their old bad habits and take up new routines. When you start to be more active, you not only benefit from the weight loss, you can also reduce anxiety and improve your mood. Traveling actually helps reduce the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. As stress and anxiety decreases, mood increases, bringing many unexpected positive benefits in how we perceive ourselves, motivation, productivity, and our general outlook on life.”

Travel Can Make You More Creative. In addition to gaining a better sex life, body image and an increased sense of overall happiness, more than two million respondents in the study, said that traveling made them more creative. Seeing things in a different way and having many first time experiences may be the reason that travel aids creativity.

 Summation

It is worth putting in the effort and saving so you can realize your next holiday dream. You will find that the benefits leave you with a good feeling and an overall sense of health and well-being. You may even be pleasantly surprised by the loss of some extra pounds and the improvement in your sex life. If you long to see the moon on the other side of the world, make today that day and follow your dream.

Featured photo credit: The G Brief via thegbrief.com

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Rebecca Beris

Rebecca is a wellness and lifestyle writer at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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