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10 Happiness Practices From Around the World | SUCCESS

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10 Happiness Practices From Around the World | SUCCESS
Life isn't easy, but over thousands of years of human civilization, people across the world have developed philosophies and strategies to cope with the stressful times and to navigate the trials of daily life.

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Japan: ‘shrinrin-yoku’

Japan: ‘shrinrin-yoku’

Shrinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, was developed in the 1980s as a way to respond to the stresses of urban living.

It is all about getting out into nature. It can reduce your stress and boost your immune system.

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Hawaii: ‘Ho‘oponopono’

Hawaii: ‘Ho‘oponopono’

It is a mantra used to make changes on the inside.

Instead of harboring resentment toward others, take a deep breath and understand your feelings before discussing them with someone who has done you harm.

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Norway: ‘friluftsliv’

Norway: ‘friluftsliv’

"Friluftsliv" means 'free air life' and refers to spending time in nature and reconnecting with the earth.

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Germany: ‘gemütlichkeit’

Germany: ‘gemütlichkeit’

"Gemütlichkeit" is a German philosophy of celebrating the company of each other with a song, dance, beer or just a sense of gratitude.

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Spain: ‘siesta’

Spain: ‘siesta’

The famous Spanish afternoon nap can reboot your mind, cheer you up and also make you productive.

Make time for a 20-minute nap after lunch to enjoy the benefits.

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France: ‘aperitif’

France: ‘aperitif’

The French evening drink is a ritual to slow you down and transition from work to relaxation.

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Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil: ‘mate’

Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil: ‘mate’

"Mate" is a herbal tea made from the leaves of the yerba mate plant.

It has been credited for its health and soul benefits and best taken with friends.

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Turkey: ‘keyif’

Turkey: ‘keyif’

Keyif is about the art of quiet relaxation by yourself and living in the moment.

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Bosnia & Herzegovina: ‘kafa’

Bosnia & Herzegovina: ‘kafa’

There is nothing like enjoying a Bosnian coffee with friends to engage in conversation. Kafa is cooked in a ‘džezva’ pot and enjoyed with a sugar cube or a ‘rahat lokum’ candy.

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Nigeria: ‘ubuntu’

Nigeria: ‘ubuntu’

Ubuntu is showing humanity towards others. It's about prioritizing the community above the needs of the individual.

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A night routine is the things you do immediately prior to going to bed.

Three benefits of having a decent night routine:

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Before You Head Home…

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  • Decide when the workday ends. Establish a cut off time for work-related emails and phone calls as well.

Immediately After Work…

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  • Have a healthy dinner. 

    When you need a snack closer to bedtime, reach for something light and healthy.

  • Take time to tidy. Waking up in an orderly space will work wonders for your mood.

  • Prepare for tomorrow. 

    When you don’t have a million things to do upon waking, it’s easier to fall asleep.
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Some eat a low-carb diet high in animal foods, while others follow a high-carb diet with lots of plants.

Avoid these foods and ingredients:

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  • Legumes like beans and lentils.
  • Most Dairy, especially low-fat dairy.
  • Some vegetable oils like soybean, sunflower, cottonseed, corn, grapeseed, safflower and other oils.
  • Trans fats: "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oils found in margarine and various processed foods.
  • Artificial sweeteners: Aspartame, sucralose, cyclamates, saccharin, acesulfame potassium. 
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A method to enhance memory using visualizations with the use of spatial memory.
  1. Choose a place that you know really well.
  2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route.
  3. Decide what you want to memorize
  4. Place an object or two, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
  5. Make the image into a mnemonic

Mnemonics

memory device that helps you retain and retrieve information simply with the use of retrieval cues to encode information in the brain.

  1. List the words you want to remember.
  2. Write the initials of each word vertically.
  3. Create a sentence/phrase using the initials.