We all need a sanctuary in this busy world. Here are some tips for finding yours.
1. Recall places where you've appreciated the sounds
2. Summon up the places where you've enjoyed visual images
3. Choose a place where you can experience the elements that contribute to happiness
Exercise, social contact with happy people, creative flow, laughter. Your happy place, says Nancy, may also be a “low-stimulation environment with little of the above. Quiet stillness can offer a feeling of being at peace that can last for a long time.”
4. Remember where you were when you experienced deep contentment and meaning
It could be the playground where you took your children when they were young; the animal shelter or food pantry where you volunteer; the café where you met your future spouse.
5. Stay open-minded
Studies in the Journal of Environmental Psychology show that spending just 20 minutes in nature boosts vitality levels significantly. Others may prefer a favorite spa, an indoor Zen retreat with candles and soothing music or a kitchenware store filled with gleaming pots and exotic ingredients.