4 happiness you get from travelling - Travel to be happy -
April 25, 2016
This article was originally written in Japanese by myself, but I translate it into English as I hope to inspire more people. I wish this could be of help for someone in need.
Are you happy now?
Do you feel excitement for starting a new day every morning you wake up?
Do you feel “alive”?
If you answer “no” to these questions, I recommend you to travel. It doesn’t have to be something tumid like traveling the world for a year nor finding-yourself-kind of journey. Only a few days might do. Just travel.
The important thing is to go as far from your daily life as you can. Then you will see “happiness”, which cannot be seen because you are too close to it.
Happiness of surviving a day
If you are from one of the organized developed countries like Japan, you will feel unsecured and uncomfortable because everything is disorganized in most of the places in the world. You won’t get what you want in many cases.
But that’s wonderful, actually. It’s you, who protect yourself. Use your brain and work out problems, ask someone on the street instead of Google if there’s no Internet, and you survive a day.
That “day” is very different from the one you usually spend without thinking anything in your safe space. You will get a feeling of accomplishment that you survived a day with your own good skills and judgments and a confidence that you tried new things to survive. And you feel happy.
Happiness of bonding with people
Your family, friends, and someone who love you will contact you during your travel. You will realize there are a lot of people who care about you.
Unlike when you are in your own country, you will face with so many circumstances where you need to ask for help. You will get lost and you will have no idea how to get on a train. If you get the courage to ask someone for help, there will be someone who helps you. The first person you ask help for might ignore you. But there will be someone, always.
You will appreciate that there are people who care about you and people who give you a helping hand wherever you are in the world. And you feel happy.
Happiness of experiencing something new
You will encounter landscapes you have never seen before, foods you have never had before, and cultures you have never experienced before. You may have culture shock at first, but if you open your mind and try to respect things new to yourself, you will be excited with your new experiences.
You will be amazed by things you never have a chance to see in your country. You will feel grateful to the fortune that you are interacting with something new and different, the guts that you have to gain this fortune, and the people who support you to have this guts. You will feel lucky to be traveling. And you feel happy.
Happiness of coming home
Once you come home, you will realize how fortunate you are for having your normal day. You don’t have to be extra cautious when you walk outside(in Japan). Trains are operated as scheduled (in Japan). The waiters at restaurants are pleasing without any tips and you can drink tap water (in Japan). The convenience stores are everywhere and you can get what you want anytime anywhere, basically (in Japan). You are surrounded by the people who care about you and you care about.
Your life stays the same before and after you travel. But your perspective to your life will change as you experience different things while you travel. You will appreciate things that you always take for granted. And you feel happy.
Travel to be happy
If you feel unhappy or if most of the things coming out from your mouth is complaint, then hit the road. Get away from the busy life where you barely breathe, feel and think of every incident during your travel, and be conscious about being alive day by day. You will see happiness there.
And happiness will bring you more happiness. Once you come back from your travel, something exciting will be attracted by your positive power to you, which will brighten up your day even more.
Travel now. To know the happiness you already have and to gain more happiness.