Happy first day of Spring!
Spring really is my favorite season. The world is warming up and so many beautiful things are happening: my jasmine plant is growing her first flowers of the season, my mint is starting to flourish again and the loss of an hour means a couple of hours of daylight after work. I’m really loving it.
Today isn’t just the first day of Spring, it’s also International Happiness Day! There isn’t much that makes me happier than spending time outdoors, enjoying the fresh air. This doesn’t really surprise me, spending time outdoors has long been associated with improved mood. Living in Florida gives me an abundance of sunshine and outdoor time, which makes me even more aware of what needs to be done to protect our environment. It’s really up to us to protect the earth’s resources by adopting simple, renewable lifestyle behaviors.
I’m passionate about sustainability and so is TetraPak, so much so that they studied how simple lifestyle changes that promote a sustainable lifestyle can impact happiness. And guess what they found? Making little changes that are good for the earth, are good for you, too.
Over the course of a month, I took on four little changes, implementing a new one each week:
- Shopping for food and beverage products with renewable packaging, like cartons
- Taking shorter showers
- Biking or walking whenever possible
- Swapping my paper tea cup for a mug
Here’s what I learned:
I love soup and I purchase it often. It’s a quick way to pack lunch if I haven’t had time to meal prep. As a result, I was buying A LOT of canned soup. I decided to switch from canned soups to those packaged in paper containers, which are made of renewable materials that can be replenished. Doing this meant that I prevented my fair share of aluminum cans from creating additional waste, which made me feel really good about my choices.
I’m the queen of long showers. I live for them and I love them. If I happen to get out of the shower quickly, it’s to the shock and amazement of my husband who will then proclaim that I’ve finally learned to power shower. Well, I’m happy to report, I have learned to power shower! The trick? Setting a little alarm to remind me to wrap it up. Taking shorter showers made me feel less wasteful and that impacted my mood in a positive way.
I love biking. I often wish my commute was bike distance from home because I would totally take advantage of that! I decided to see where I could get on my bike and while the places were not many, I did get out on my bike more and as a result, got lots of fresh air, which naturally improved my mood.
I’m a big fan of coffee houses. Something about having someone else make my beverage for me that makes it taste so much better. Instead of walking away with the traditional paper tea cup, I sat down and enjoyed my tea instead. This gave me the opportunity to request a mug instead of a paper cup and had multiple benefits: first, I didn’t create extra waste by opting for a cup of tea outside of my house and second, I enjoyed my tea at a leisurely pace rather than on the go as I so often do.
Overall, I’d say I learned a little something about myself: I feel happier when I make a conscious choice to do something that impacts the environment in a positive way.
If you’re curious about how your lifestyle choices impact your happiness, check out the Happiness Quiz from TetraPak. It’s a fun little quiz to show you how much of a positive impact your habits have.
Your turn: How are you celebrating the first day of Spring? What is your definition of happiness?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.