8 Benefits of Optimism and How to Increase Yours

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

It’s human nature to pay more attention to the negative things in our lives  than the positive – after all, it’s how our ancestors survived!  But while it may be natural to focus on our difficulties and the things in our lives that don’t go as planned, spending too much time stuck in those thoughts can lead to problems.  You may not be able to change the situations that arise, but you can learn to look at the bright side, and boost your happiness in the process! Continue reading

How You Can Boost Your Happiness with the Danish Concept of Hygge

hot-chocolate-1224044Denmark is consistently at the top of the United Nations World Happiness report.  In a country with often dreary weather and long, dark winter days, what’s their secret?

In a word:  hygge.  Pronounced “hoo-ga”, hygge doesn’t have an official translation, but refers generally to a feeling of coziness and contentment.  It’s about having a sense of well being and enjoying life’s simple pleasures, both by yourself and with the people that you care about, and it’s an integral part of Danish culture. Continue reading