Back when I lived on the Upper East Side, I used to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art about once a month (and sometimes a lot more than that). But since I moved to Brooklyn, I haven’t been the semi-regular that I once was. Yesterday, I went for the first time in probably eight months (I have two college friends in town visiting from North Carolina, so I wanted to take them). Before we got to the museum, I’d felt a little low-energy—after all, we’d been running around all weekend. But the second we stepped inside, I felt instantly re-energized and just generally at ease. I’m pretty sure I also had a goofy grin on my face a lot of the time we were there. Here’s a small sampling of some of the amazing pieces we saw there:
Going back to the Met made me realize how much of a happy place it is for me—my mood improved significantly the moment we got there. Turns out, I’m not the only one who gets a little giddy around art. I found this article about a 2011 study that explains four of the top six happiest activities are arts-related, according to preliminary research out of the London School of Economics. Here’s the full list:
1. Intimacy/making love
Pretty amazing, right? All you have to do to be happier is take an art break. Of course, you don’t have to go to a world-class museum to get a happiness boost (although it can’t hurt if you have the chance!). I’ve noticed that I get a little lift even when I just stop to appreciate street art or look at some of my favorite paintings online. This week, I’m going to remember that when I need a mental pick-me-up. Here’s what else is on my health and wellness radar right now:
- Make an effort to get more in touch with my own body. I love these suggestions on how to do that from MindBodyGreen.
- Log some miles in the awesome new Nike running shoes I wrote about in this article.
- Use this trick to make quick DIY croutons in the toaster. It’s great that it only makes a single serving, too.
- Clean my contacts thoroughly every night. I’m pretty freaked out about the horrible things that can go wrong with your peepers if you don’t practice certain habits for good eye health, thanks to this article from WomensHealthMag.com.
- Follow these tips for how to be happier at home (as an added bonus, they’re all pretty simple!).
- Keep in mind the best way to make up with someone after an argument.
- Whip up this yummy-looking steak and caramelized onion salad. I’m getting hungry just looking at the picture!
Have a well-intentioned week!