Why Happiness Means Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone
When you challenge your brain to experience new things related to happiness it helps you learn and grow. That's why it' key for happiness to try new happiness-boosting activities.
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People will tell you to "get out of your comfort zone", or "try something new". Why? Because it's good to challenge yourself. When you challenge your brain to experience new things it helps you learn and grow.
But did you know that this same logic applies when it comes to happiness? Research has shown that people who learn more different types of happiness practices show greater increases in happiness. And people who regularly use more different types of happiness practices show greater increases in happiness. And people who regularly use a range of different happiness practices across a range of different situations show the greatest improvements of all.
So you see, it really does pay to get out of your comfort zone when it come to boosting happiness.
How to get out of your comfort zone and boost happiness
There are so many different ways to boost happiness. Try a few new ones to get out of your "happiness rut". To start, here are 101 things you can do to get happier. From there, you may also want to explore positive thinking, resilience, or creating a happiness plan. You can also try mindful eating or positive affirmations. For more, check out our happiness program.
Here's a video about getting out of your comfort zone
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.