how traveling affects your mood

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Why can traveling make you happy?

Why does traveling make us happy?
Why do people who travel to new places that they like for a vacation return back to their homes feeling really good?

In order to understand why people who travel feel that good you need to understand few things about the psychology of motivation. We human beings absorb inputs through our senses. When something gets seen for the first time it usually appears much more exciting because of the following reasons:

  • 1) Unpredictable: You can't really guess what the next move or action will be. When you can't fully understand something it becomes more exciting (see also Why being mysterious works)
  • 2) Mysterious: What might that thing be? How does it work? What can it do? All of these unanswered questions make new things more exciting.

Now when you travel to a new place your senses keep receiving totally new information from every object. Because everything inside a new country is considered a new object your levels of excitement rise up so much.

Boredom, traveling and attraction

Do you know why do we get bored of certain things?
Its because those things become totally predictable. One of the reasons nice guys get dumped is that their actions can always be guessed. They will always do their best to get attention and they will be overly nice just to get approval.

In my book How to make someone fall in love with you I explained how mysterious people and unpredictable ones usually have a cutting edge over others in attracting the ones they love.

The same exact concepts work while you travel. When you go to a new country you will start to ask yourself questions like what might happen there? whom i might meet? what kind of experiences i will get?

Because of the lack of predictability the hormones response for excitement increase in your body and you feel happy without knowing why. (see also Why do i check facebook often)

Should i travel when i feel bad?

This is a very important question that many people ask. In my articles about depression i said that the only way to treat bad moods is to solve the long term problems that caused them.

In other words, if you were feeling unhappy with your life because you feel that you don't have a life purpose then quick fixes such as traveling or excising won't help you for more than the duration of the activity.

But while traveling is a quick fix that won't necessary improve your mood for a long period of time still its strongly advised because it helps a lot in reducing the amount of stress you get subjected to in life and this can help you in turn in solving your long term problems. (see also How time affects your emotions)

Whenever you feel that you are getting really stressed take few off and go to a place you haven't been to before (not necessary over seas). This short trip will charge your energy and help you solve the long term problems that were responsible for your bad mood.

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