Happiness is not a constant thing. There are days when it may seem elusive than usual. While there are different ways to enjoy a happy life, everyone may have different experiences and challenges on the road to finding it. But if there is one thing you can be sure of, you can choose to focus on the good things that make you happy on any given day. And here are just some of the many ways to fill your days with uplifting and joyful experiences.
Spend moments unplugged. Unplug your computer and electronic devices from time to time. Disconnect from your digital life to connect more with people around you. Spend more time outdoors to reconnect with nature. A great way to fill up on happiness is to carve out more time to do the things that you love.
Keep things simple. If you want to make room for more happiness, you have to declutter and simplify your life. Eliminate mental, physical, and emotional clutter that hinders you from filling up on more happiness. Resolve past hurts, unburden yourself of unresolved conflicts, and practice forgiveness even if you don’t feel like doing it.
Travel. There is something about dreaming big that can be inspiring and motivating. Plan those dream trips you want to take. From Vancouver to Beijing to Paris and all the other places you want to see, start making a list of places you want to visit and explore.
Develop a deep connection with nature. Devote some time to surround yourself with nature. Take walks outside. Go for hikes in the wilderness. Book an eco-tour somewhere you have never been to. The time you spend in nature areas not only refreshes your mind and body. It can also provide fresh perspectives on things and may even spark ideas and creative inspirations.
Vancouver in 2 days is too short to get even a quick glimpse of some of its splendid attractions. But it should provide enough time visit a few of the city’s unmissable sights. Here are some of the best places in Vancouver for nature lovers.
1. Stanley Park
Vancouver’s famous urban park provides a scenic and quick nature getaway for locals and tourists. The natural setting offers a soothing backdrop for a leisurely stroll and a wide array of activities. Explore the park’s many attractions like the totem poles and gateways at Brockton Point, Vancouver Aquarium, the scenic view from the seawall the rings the perimeter of the park, Shakespeare Garden, the miniature train, and more.
2. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Located in in Chinatown, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a beautiful classical Chinese garden. It offers a tranquil space in the heart of the city and boasts of stunning architecture and traditional Chinese garden elements.
3. Capilano Suspension Bridge
Vancouver’s famous 450-foot suspension bridge stretches across the 70-meter deep Capilano River canyon. A walk across the bridge offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding nature scenery that includes paths and trails in the verdant forest below.
4. Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park sits a little over 150 meters above sea level offering a great view of the city and the surrounding scenery. Some of the park’s must-see sights include the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, the dancing fountain, the Quarry Gardens, and the Queen Elizabeth Park Arboretum among others.
Reconnecting with nature is not just about spending time in the wilderness. There are many ways to stay in sync with your natural environment even if you live in the city surrounded or surrounded by concrete jungles. Here are some of the many ways to have more contact with nature regardless of how busy life gets.
1. Fine-tune your senses
Many people inadvertently tune out what is familiar or constant in everyday life. Things like the feel of the wind on skin, the smell of grass, and the sounds birds and insect make often go unnoticed. If you want to have more contact with nature, fine-tuning your senses is a good start. Take a moment everyday to immerse yourself in the sensations that you may experience in natural settings.
2. Feel the earth beneath your feet
When was the last time you walked barefoot or simply stood on a patch of grass on your bare feet? If you have not experienced it yet or have not done it for a long time, now is a great time to do it. Making contact with your natural environment activates your senses allowing you to have a deeper connection with nature.
3. Take the time to watch the sunrise or sunset
Sunrise and sunset are among nature’s breathtaking wonders that you can see every day. Wake up early to see the sun rise or drop whatever you are doing later in the day to see the sunset.
4. Find quiet in green spaces
Explore green spaces like parks, gardens, and other nature spots near you. Find quiet or a soothing space where you can take a break to refresh your mind and body. Use the time to simply enjoy your surroundings and tune in to all the things you can experience if you give yourself time to pay attention to everything around you.
5. Grow a garden
Watching plants grow makes you more connected to the natural cycles of plant life. It also allows for plenty of contact with soil and other natural materials that will help your plants grow. You can grow edible plants in your backyard or in containers if you do not have space for a full-scale garden.
6. Explore the wilderness
Take the time to visit places that allow you to experience the wilderness. Spend a vacation in a national park or nature reserve or book a trip in eco-destinations where you can explore the wild. Hike in woodland or mountain trails, camp in the middle of the wilderness under a blanket of stars, swim in a natural pool beneath spectacular waterfalls, forage for food in the forest, and more.