It seems like everyone is happier in the summertime. Maybe it’s all the beautiful sunshine and warmth after those cold winter and spring days. Maybe it’s the fun vacations we usually take. Or maybe, as the people behind Happify (a happiness-focused app) believe, it has something to do with all of the time we spend outdoors during this season. In a series of infographics, they explain how spending as little as 20 minutes a day in nature can make people feel more alive. Going to the beach makes you more active, less stressed, and have more fun with family and friends. Exercising outdoors can decrease inflammation in the body, and increases your sense of well-being. Even imagining yourself outside, or looking at a photo of a beautiful natural scene can improve mood. So, in case you need an excuse to get out there and enjoy the gorgeous weather this July 4th, do it for your happiness. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
Image by Xavier Donat.