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5 Reasons To Reach For Coffee On International Day of Happiness

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5 Reasons To Reach For Coffee On International Day of Happiness

We know you don't need any more reasons to enjoy your favourite brew but here are five...your're welcome!

The International Day of Happiness is a United Nations initiative that happens on the 20th of March each year. Its purpose is to promote and celebrate happiness and well-being as a fundamental human goal and a universal human right.



Coffee has a tonne of health benefits, for both your body and your mind.


Here are a few ways drinking coffee could make you feel happier this March:



1. Drinking coffee can boost your happy hormones


Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant that can boost mood and energy levels. The caffeine in coffee works by increasing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine and norepinephrine, which can lead to feelings of happiness and euphoria. Additionally, the act of drinking coffee can be associated with positive experiences, such as getting out for a walk or taking a break from work, which can also contribute to feelings of happiness.



2. Coffee and socialising go hand-in-hand


Coffee and socialising with friends can have a positive impact on mood. Studies have shown that caffeine, a key ingredient in coffee, can boost mood and increase feelings of happiness. Additionally, spending time with friends and engaging in social activities can also improve mental well-being and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Combining the two - having a cup of coffee with friends - can be a great way to elevate mood and improve overall well-being.


So invite your neighbour around for coffee, or take a flask out for a walk with friends.




3. Pleasure from drinking something delicious


Eating or drinking something delicious can bring happiness through the release of pleasure-inducing chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine. Additionally, the act of eating or drinking can be associated with positive memories and social connections, further increasing feelings of happiness. The sense of taste is closely linked to the sense of smell, which can also play a role in the enjoyment of food, as the aroma can enhance the flavour experience. Overall, the combination of pleasure from the taste, memories, and social connections can create a positive emotional response associated with eating and drinking delicious things.



4. Having a routine contributes to happiness


Routine can bring a sense of stability and predictability to one's life, which can lead to feelings of happiness. Having a consistent schedule and knowing what to expect can reduce stress and anxiety, as well as increase a sense of control over one's life. Additionally, routine can also provide a sense of accomplishment, as completing daily tasks can give a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Establishing healthy routines, such as regular exercise or waking up early and brewing yourself the perfect coffee, can also contribute to physical and mental well-being.



5. Take it one step further and turn your routine into a ritual


We’ve written a lot about the power of ritual when it comes to happiness.


Rituals can also be used to establish a connection with something greater than oneself, whether it is through religious or spiritual practices, through connecting with nature or through simply transforming something ordinary into something special, sacred or meaningful to you – it really can be as simple as taking the time to turn your morning coffee into a conscious practice. These rituals can bring a sense of peace and fulfilment, contributing to overall feelings of happiness.


Daily rituals can bring happiness by providing a sense of purpose, self-care, and connection to your life. They can also establish a sense of routine, which can reduce stress and anxiety, and increase feelings of accomplishment and well-being.



So if you’re happy and you know it, celebrate with coffee on International Day of Happiness on March 20. And if you’re not feeling so happy – as we’ve demonstrated – reaching for a brew could help you too.