April 03, 2017 3 min read

Do More. Be Happy.

The Science Behind Our Motto

The Happy Clothing Company’s brand Motto, Do More Be Happy, is our brand’s representation of the pursuit of happiness, in 4 words. As a brand, we believe happiness comes from a lot of places, but largely, from spending time outside, and doing for others. We carefully crafted our brand motto to embody everything that our brand stands for. Do More can mean a lot of things. To us, it is in reference to doing more outside, doing more for others, and doing more for the world. All of which, aid in the journey to Be Happy. While our brand motto was largely crafted out of our brand’s core beliefs, there is a lot of scientific evidence that supports or reinforces our brand motto’s role in the pursuit of happiness.

 

Getting Outside

Spending time outside can have a large impact on an individual’s mental health, energy, and even have a direct impact on happiness. According to an article published in Psychology Today, it has been shown that there is a DIRECT LINK between spending more time outdoors and our happiness.   

As it turns out, nature doesn’t just make people happier, it also makes them healthier. In an article published by Time Magazine it showed that a lot of contemporary mental health issues, like stress, depression, anxiety, and many others, are largely a result of human separation from nature. Spending time in the great outdoors isn’t just fun, it’s actually crucial to maintaining proper mental health. Feeling stressed out about work or those upcoming finals, getting outside may be just what the doctor ordered… literally.

Not only is nature great for mental health, but it also serve as an energy booster. According to a study published by The University of Rochester, nature makes people feel more alive. Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology, went on to say the following about nature, 

"Nature is fuel for the soul. Often when we feel depleted, we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature. Research has shown that people with a greater sense of vitality don't just have more energy for things they want to do, they are also more resilient to physical illnesses. One of the pathways to health may be to spend more time in natural settings."

So, after a long, exhausting week, the best way to recharge may not be to have a lazy weekend, but rather get outside and connect with nature. According to science, anyways.

So what are you waiting for? Get outside. We’ll join you!

 

Doing For Others

Doing for others, has an equally large impact on an individual’s overall mental health and happiness. Do you know that feeling you get when you do something nice for someone else? Whether you bought a stranger’s coffee, held the door open for the person behind you, or even just gave someone a smile. You know how it makes you want to Do More for people? As it turns out, there’s a real chemical reaction that is responsible for that feeling! According to an article published by Princeton, the decision to donate is associated with the part of the brain involved in social bonding, and actually releases "feel good" chemicals. These chemicals can even be addictive, a virtuous addiction called "Helper's High." Helping others makes you feel so good, that often you just want to keep doing more and more for those around you. I guess there could be worse addictions to have!

Beyond releasing addictive, virtuous chemicals, helping others can have a big impact on peoples' happiness and attitudes. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, went on to say the following,

"People who engage in kind acts become happier over time. When you're kind to others, you feel good as a person - more moral, optimistic and positive."

Between spending time in the great outdoors and doing for others, you should be well on your way to Be Happy.

 

Do More. Be Happy.

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