How to make yourself happier here and now? Every country has its own way of going beyond vanity and fuss of everyday life.
Take it or leave it but we all come to this world to be happy. But what does it mean? For some of us it’s having kids and building a family. For others, it’s about travelling, building a career, reading all the books in the world, or finally discovering a pill for every ill. Happiness is elusive. It’s not a goal, it’s a by-product. A by-product of your perception of life.
In some countries there are simple but yet so genius recipes for happiness. So, let’s take a look at some of the key principles of happiness you can do everyday to make you happy.
Hakuna Matata (Uganda)
There’s no kid in the world who doesn’t know this song from the beloved movie “Lion King” but do you know what “Hakuna Matata” actually means? This phrase roughly translates as “there are no troubles”. According to the East African people, there’s no place for problems in your life. They believe there are either great days or good days. They also believe if you worry over nothing, nothing will get worried over you, and who needs that, right?
Shinrin Yoku (Japan)
Shinrin yoku translates from Japanese as “the art of forest bathing”. A tree therapy is used all across Japan as a health care therapy. It helps reduce stress and heal the body. “Forest bathing” has a very powerful psychological effect on people too. Because when you go for a walk in the forest, the trees help reduce cortisol levels which means you become less stressed. The effect is said to last for several days.
Mai Pen Rai (Thailand)
Only three little words but so much meaning. If you’ve been to Thailand, you’ve probably heard this phrase way too often. Mai pen rai is often translated as “don’t worry about it” or “it’s OK”. For Thai people this phrase is not just a way to say “everything’s ok”, it’s a principle of life. It basically means that you shouldn’t worry about things that you can’t change. There’s always a silver lining after all.
This super long and hard to pronounce word can be translated as “getting drunk at home in your pajamas without having to go out”. What it basically means is that you don’t need to dress up, put makeup on and go to the bar. Instead, you stay home, in your comfy sweatpants and have a drink. Perfection!