I have bunch of simple lists that I want to do at least once a year, i.e: watch the sunrise in South End of New Bedford ( I’m not a morning person, I woke up daily at 7 AM – with my dearest living alarm: Azka), have a morning walk at the nearest park, afternoon jogging near Papa’s office (it has the best view of Buzzard Bay), star-gazing in one of those summer days, or as simple as having a breakfast in the nearest diner in town. Apparently I have no priority for doing that – meaning, in the morning I’m occupied with household chores and the kids (breakfast..! school’s drop-off ! bubble-bath! brush-your-teeth-war, circle time…! pick-up time ! laundry time…! Yup, that morning madness). But last Monday, I know that I JUST had to do a morning walk – because Azka was at school, Khalif was in a good mood (he was sleepy actually) and the weather was just perfect with 13 – 14 C; and actually, it is perfect backed by science.
The title in this post is taken from here, I like the article, and I will quote step no. 5 : In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor recommends spending time in the fresh air to improve your happiness: Making time to go outside on a nice day also delivers a huge advantage; one study found that spending 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosted positive mood, but broadened thinking and improved working memory. A UK study from the University of Sussex also found that being outdoors made people happier: Being outdoors, near the sea, on a warm, sunny weekend afternoon is the perfect spot for most. The American Meteorological Society published research in 2011 that found current temperature has a bigger effect on our happiness than variables like wind speed and humidity, or even the average temperature over the course of a day. It also found that happiness is maximized at 13.9°C, so keep an eye on the weather forecast before heading outside for your 20 minutes of fresh air.
This sleepy boy here was crying out loud on the way back home. I kept myself cool as I don’t want to ruin my zen mood. After a while (10 minutes), he fell asleep – and pretty pleased by the warmth of October sky.
And on our way back to pick up Azka, we also had a chance to look closer for some of the neighborhood’s Halloween decorations. Some are creeeeeppyy and some are nice.
Happy Halloween and stay healthy (mentally and physically, hoho)…!