To get happiness requires a 'mindset of travel' rather than aiming for happiness

Some people think that they have things they want to do or things they should do but they can't achieve them. In an irregular situation such as a pandemic of infectious diseases, it is easy to focus on 'what you cannot do', but at such times, researchers say that 'travel mindset' is important for mental stability and happiness. is showing.

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A'Journey Mindset' Can Help Us Get Through This Pandemic. Here's What That Means

Stanford University behavioral psychologists Szu-chi Huang and Jennifer Aaker have long studied the difference between pursuing 'happiness' and 'meaning' in life. In a 2019 study, the two explored the importance of the Journey Mindset. In an experiment involving 1600 subjects, researchers said they had them participate in a 14-day walking program. In this experiment, all subjects were tracked for steps to their final destination.

All the subjects reached the destination, but at the arrival point the subjects had a chance to 'walk a little more'. Then, it turned out that those who had the idea that a walking program is like a trip will add 55% more walking distance than those who thought that the purpose of the walking program is to reach the goal Did. The former idea means 'travel mindset' and the latter means 'destination mindset'.

“The mindset of a journey is the idea that a significant success or failure of the past continues into the present and into the future. Success doesn't exist as a single thing. Success has the past, and the future. It needs to be sustained.'

Researchers say that to build a travel mindset, it is helpful to meditate on both good and bad things and to write down your thoughts, goals and feelings regularly. Even in an environment in which freedom is limited due to the epidemic of infectious diseases and there are many concerns, there are hopes for new hobbies and ways of working. Even if you don't have hope at that time, if you look at past hope, you may find a path to the next step. To gain a travel mindset, we need to recognize that 'success' is not a goal, but a process of growth, learning and change.

Traveling mindsets are a good way to deal with the challenges that you are facing and help maintain your mental health and encourage growth, even if they trigger stress.

There are other similar findings, and in 2003, 'the ones who were forced to feel happy' while listening to classical music, compared to those who were just listening, when the song ended. On the contrary, it

shows that the happiness becomes smaller (PDF file) . Rather than trying to achieve the 'happiness' of happiness, by focusing on the 'current acts' of finding the meaning of life, such as gathering with friends and family, work, spending time in nature, etc. The researchers say the gains will be greater.

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