Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


A Little Happier: Remember to Go Outside.

April 25th, 2016

Episode 256 of 540 episodes

This is a very helpful Secret of Adulthood: Remember to go outside. Go outside into the sunlight; light deprivation is one reason that people feel tired. Research suggests that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood and increase motivation. For an extra boost, get your sunlight first thing in the morning. Also, at least for me, unscientifically speaking, spending time outside gives a feeling of freedom, of connecting with the seasons (even when the weather isn’t ideal), of breathing fresh air, of not being so trapped by a schedule that I can’t be out in the world. People in industrialized countries spent about 93% of their time inside; don’t forget how energizing and cheering it can be to go outdoors. We love our puppy Barnaby for many reasons, and he definitely does encourage every member of my family to go outside more often. What about you? Do you love to go outside, or do you have to prod yourself to make sure you do it? I hope you’re enjoying the new mini-episodes. I love doing them. Thanks, as always, to my terrific sponsor: Audible. Audible has more than 180,000 audio-books and spoken-word audio products. Get a free 30-day trial at Audible.com/happier. Your ... The post A Little Happier: Remember to Go Outside. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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