It´s that time of the year again; The time when we wake up with the best intentions of improving ourselves. We, of course, talk about January 1. Many of you have probably made tons of New Year’s resolutions, are we right? Maybe you have promised yourself that this year you will exercise more, drink less, lose weight, quit smoking, manage money better, get more sleep or maybe even go green? Phew, so many promises that you probably have forgotten by the end of February.
New Year’s resolutions can absolutely be a good thing, but we would rather inspire you to try two simple actions that not only will benefit you, but the people around you.
There is nothing more beautiful in this world than a smile and the benefits of smiling are reasons enough to do it more often. Did you know that smiling strengthens your immune system? Studies show that when you smile your body produce more white blood cells which helps our bodies fight illness. A smile also makes you more approachable, as it is an inviting facial expression which indicates that you are willing to interact with others. It is also said to have a positive effect on your mood and decreases stress. Best of all, smiling is contagious, so smile more.
Talk to a stranger
There is an unwritten rule in Scandinavia that you don’t talk to strangers on public transport (or any other place for that matter). If you do, some will actually question your mental health. However, humans are in fact social creatures, so most of us welcome interactions with others. Why not try to engage in a conversation with the person sitting next to you on the bus, or maybe dare to talk to a colleague you always meet by the coffee machine, but never talk to? Sounds awkward, right? But often it opens for new acquaintances and friendships. Try and see what happens!
By: Henriette Danielsen