5 Ways Study Abroad Can Make You Happier

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ID-100145401“A confident and happy you will have more capacity to do good than an unsure and unhappy you.  Nurture your own inner peace and contentment as you contribute to a more accepting and compassionate world.”  

-Alex Smith, Study U Abroad

There are many studies out there on happiness and ways to live a more fulfilled life.  Study Abroad isn’t guaranteed to make you happier, but it certainly sets the stage for you to practice some happiness techniques.  Below are five popular ways to achieve greater happiness and how Study Abroad can help.

1. Find More Meaning

Sometimes when traveling you start to ask yourself the bigger life questions.  Who am I?  Why am I here?  What do I want to do in my life?  You start to realize you’re connected to something much bigger than yourself.  Those that find this deeper meaning and purpose often lead happier and more joyful lives.

2. Become More Accepting

On Study Abroad you are exposed to new languages, cultures, and ways of doing things.  Keeping an open mind and dropping judgments can help you be more accepting of yourself and others.  You realize nobody is perfect and open yourself up to enjoy life more.

3. Develop Resilience

Study Abroad is filled with challenges.  Culture shock, travel issues, making new friends and relationships, maintaining grades, and many others.  It can be stressful, but learning to bounce back and overcome these situations can make you stronger, more self-reliant, and adaptable.

4. Get Clearer Direction

Studying abroad often opens you up to possibilities you didn’t know existed.  You may find new ambitions and goals for yourself.  Having clearer direction and feeling excited about your future can have a positive impact on your level of happiness.

5. Practice More Appreciation

Most study abroad experiences are filled with “pinch me” moments – those times you can’t believe where you are or what you’re doing.  In those times of excitement you’re completely in the present moment and the more you can be present, the more fully you can appreciate all that life has to offer.

How will you use Study Abroad to generate more happiness in your world?

 

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