Ah, the ever elusive happiness! It always seems to be somewhere “out there” in the distance; a complicated result of the stars aligning just right. Well, I’m going to help you go from turbulent to tranquil on the thorny topic of happiness, and by the end of this, I hope you’ll be holding a cup of coffee!
The complexity of happiness
Did you know there is an annual World Happiness Report of almost 200 pages of research? It reveals the happiest countries in the world and discusses the factors contributing to their happiness. The Nordic countries seem to consistently hold the top several spots with Finland ranking #1 in happiness for the 2018 report, followed by Denmark, Norway & Iceland. Apparently, the weather is not a very important consideration unless you enjoy lots of cold and minimal daylight for much of the year!
I confess I didn’t have enough time or coffee to read the entire report, but it seems to indicate that happiness is a pretty complicated formula.
Coffee is a good antidote to sleepiness. Likewise, learning to be present may be a good antidote to feeling unhappy. I don’t want to get all Eckhart Tolle on you, although I am a huge fan, but he makes a good point that the more you search for happiness, the less you are able to experience the feeling of being alive and connected in the present moment. Take a listen here.
My summary on it is this: Happiness is simple. By calming runaway thoughts about finding happiness later, we can appreciate the fullness of life right now. Often it’s the little things that matter most, and when difficulty arises, acceptance is key.
Become elated by coffee
There are numerous studies documenting the health benefits of coffee that explain why it makes us feel good. Still, it still seems the researchers are not connecting all the dots.
Referring back to our study, I think it’s no small coincidence that the world’s top coffee consuming countries per capita are…? You guessed it: Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark. So it turns out that the beverage that fuels millions of people each day is not only a rich source of antioxidants (thank you Adda Bjarnadottir from Iceland!) but also could be responsible for making us happier.
This is super important, people, and I love wordsmithing, so I’m advising you to get “caffelated”. Getting caffelated is to become elated by coffee.
The aroma of happiness
As one who has studied and taught sensory skills, for many people the aroma of coffee has very positive associations. Aside from making us feel alive in the morning, we often associate coffee with being productive, connected, and much more social. No doubt, the power of odors to impact mood and behavior is proven science. So, let’s just say that coffee’s seductive aroma can lead you down the road to caffelation!
How to be happy is plain and simple. All you have to do is get yourself a cup of coffee, inhale deeply, and savor the moment. Cheers 🙂
Photo credit: Courtney Gates @grenadinechips