I thought it would be fun to do a series on the simple things in life that bring us joy. Joy is such an important emotion. To find happiness in things that are around us in our daily lives can increase our overall satisfaction and mood. According to USA Today, happy people live 35% longer than those participants that were ranked as the least happy.
In addition,being happy makes other people happy. In another study reported by U.S. News, happy people increase the chances of a friend living within a mile of them of being happy by 25%. This effect “cascades,” meaning that then that friend of a friend increase their chances of being happy by 10%. If we go further down the line, the 4th friend in the chain has a 5.6% increased chance.
Anyway, when I sat down to make a list, I came up with more than I realized (music, vacations, yoga, walks, beer…) and I thought, since I’m getting my front landscaping done this week, that I would choose one of my Spring favorites: flowers.
Aren’t they the greatest? I don’t think I could live anywhere without flowers. So, in that spirit, here are some of my favorite flowers. I hope they bring you some happiness this evening!
I accidentally searched “one-eyed susan” to find this flower, Google set me straight.