There are many reasons why campers are happy people, and this has been backed by science. Many studies suggest that camping improves the overall quality of life. Campers are generally more satisfied and live a more balanced life than those who don't escape to nature regularly.
Something extraordinary happens when we camp. Getting away from the daily routines and stresses, leaving the comfort of our homes and immersing ourselves entirely in nature while depending only on essential items incites a transformational process within us.
In many ways, camping is similar to yoga and meditation. The effects of all three activities lead to a relaxed state of mind, and we all know that a stress-free life is a happy one.
Children also benefit highly from camping. Research has proven that kids feel more relaxed almost immediately upon arrival at the campsite. They also notice that their parents are less stressed and less likely to get upset while camping. Win-win for everybody.
Camping undoubtedly adds a smile to people's faces, and here are five main reasons for it.
Breaking away from the monotony of life and becoming one with nature has many benefits for our state of mind. Waking up to the sound of birds chirping, witnessing the blossom of the flowers, the swaying of the trees and watching the wildlife is a high dose of serotonin right there. Add some vitamin D from the sun and the fresh air that fills up your lungs, and there you have a jam-packed pill for long-lasting happiness.
All camping trips require some level of physical activity. It may be the simple things like doing chores around the campsite, playing games or embarking on hiking excursions - everything we do to move our bodies actively contributes to keeping those muscles busy.
Being active plays an essential role in releasing endorphins and getting rid of stress. This is the reason we feel good after a workout. Living an active lifestyle is what makes campers feel younger and healthier compared to noncampers. Additionally, most campers agree that camping allows them to feel like themselves, and that's a feeling that we all strive for. It's what makes us content first and enables us to build pure happiness on top of it.
Planing the meals before we go on our camping trip usually means selecting healthy options which can be freshly cooked at the campsite. Assuming you stay away from junk food and unnecessary snacks, you will probably eat well-balanced meals with all the proteins, carbs and vitamins the body needs. It also helps that everything tastes more delicious at the campsite. A happy tummy builds a happy person.
Good rest is also essential to feel good, and what can be better than falling asleep in the sound of silence after a day full of activities.
Camping brings people closer together. Through various games and activities such as hiking or fishing, we bond and build stronger social and emotional connections with the rest of the campers in the group. At the same time, these activities can boost serotonin and oxytocin, which are two hormones essential for our happiness.
Apart from spending quality time together, camping allows everyone to feel more worthy of themselves. By involving in various activities, such as helping set up the tent, taking care of the washing up or finding something fun to do, campers discover new things they are capable of doing. Putting our newly identified skills into use is excellent for building up self-worth and is much appreciated by the other family members or friends.
Being happy also means having happy memories, and camping is a type of experience that allows creating many of those. Whether it's sitting by the campfire under the stars, exploring the campsite's surrounding area or cooking hearty meals together, these events get stuck in our brains so we can cherish them long after they've passed. Whenever we create new happy memories, we push out some of the bad ones. All this means that camping benefits us in two ways: we get to enjoy every moment at the campsite and extend that joy in our future.
If you are a seasoned camper, you probably already feel the benefits of camping, but for any new campers out there - hopefully, these five reasons will motivate you to keep on camping.
Plus, unlike returning from any other holiday when we often feel we immediately need to take another one, camping leaves us energised, rejuvenated and more prepared to come back to our daily responsibilities.
Happy camping, happy people!
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