Escape Boredom, Embrace Happiness
Did you know that the 20th of March is World Happiness Day?
The idea of an international day of happiness originated in the Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. The Asian country was the first in the world to introduce the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) to measure the well-being of its people, as a contrast to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that solely measures the economic condition of a country.
What is Happiness?
There are many different types of happiness and just as many hypotheses on how it occurs. Disciplines like physiology, psychology, philosophy and religion all have their own definition and explanation. Although there are no generally valid parameters to define happiness, we can sense exactly when we are filled with it and when it is missing from our lives.
Hungarian-American psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi believed that happiness is not something that happens out of nowhere, thereby not being related to luck or chance. And while searching for the secret of happiness from a scientific perspective, he developed the flow theory, which made him world-famous.
A Flow of Happiness
In any situation in life when we completely forget about the given activity and get carried away by the moment, we transition into a state of flow. It can be any activity: sports, team games, or a creative process – the point is to completely immerse yourself in it and forget about time.
What better way to experience this state of flow than in a group of intimates while solving riddles? Isolated from the outside world, you have to focus on a common task while being surrounded by people you really like. If you think about it, it's pretty rare in our everyday lives that we have an hour to immerse ourselves in an adventure game and focus on it, as we did as children.