Put Your Happiness to the Test – 10 Real-Life Experiments

A happy life is all about trial and error; there’s honestly no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to living your very best life. In order to discover what makes you happy, first, you’ve got to live a little.

Life is all about experimenting!

You’ve got to drag yourself out of your comfort zone every once in a while, in order to find out more about who you are and what it is that you actually want. It’s true that the path of self-discovery can be scary and will have its challenges and pitfalls – but that’s a crucial part of the process! Identifying your weaknesses, making mistakes and having disagreements all go hand-in-hand with awakening your strengths, succeeding and forming relationships.

Life is meant to be learnt through doing, so logic dictates that the more you get out there and ‘do’, the more quickly you’re going to learn about yourself and your likes and dislikes.

Ready for a little experimentation?

Here are 10 real-life experiments you can put to the test, to start creating and living a life of your choosing.

Good luck!

1. Take a break from social media.

Before you swoon from the sheer horror of this suggestion, know that this is your experiment, so you can try it for as long as you like. A day, a week, a month…it’s completely up to you. But unplug from the online world for a little bit, and see how your days change when you’re not stuck to your computer or smartphone.

Here are 50 Things to Do That Don’t Involve Your Computer. 

2. Buy a ticket and just go.

Bus ticket, train ticket, plane ticket – just get a ticket and head off. Travel is ultimately one of the best teachers there is.

3. Go it alone.

Better still, travel alone! You’ll be putting your capabilities and independence to the test, and can become a stronger person for it.

4. Befriend a stranger.

The attractive stranger at the bar, the lonely-looking person sitting on the bench or the guy/girl next to you in the queue…it doesn’t matter who they are, try an impromptu experiment in getting to know others. It’s important to make yourself vulnerable every now and again.

5. Turn off the news.

Ignorance can be bliss, but this isn’t about being ignorant, this is about tuning out the negativity for a set period of time. Choose to not pay attention to the news for a while, and see if there are any changes to your outlook, positive or negative.

6. Do something for your health.

Try eliminating coffee, meat or even sugar from your diet. Whatever it is that you think you cannot live without, get rid of it. See what happens. The majority of us have our food or drink addictions, so why not make it a personal challenge to cut all ties with one of yours – even if it’s only for a week. Show yourself you can do it and do something positive for your health in the meantime.

7. Make a reservation for one.

In an unhealthy relationship? Just had your heart broken? Been single for a while? Enjoy having some space of your own and avoid rushing into anything for a while. Embrace being your own person! The majority of people struggle to be alone, so use this as an opportunity to prove to yourself that you can do it, and grow in the process. Even if you’re happily coupled up, occasionally doing things alone – taking a trip, making a restaurant reservation for one – can give you improved confidence.

8. Act from the heart.

Go the extra mile for another person. Don’t just throw a few pennies into the homeless guy’s cup; why not stop for a chat instead? Or offer to buy them a meal? Step outside of your comfort zone for the sake of someone else, and expand your own horizons in the process.

9. Don’t hold back.

For once, don’t hold back or bite your tongue about something. Speak up and make your feelings on a situation be known. This doesn’t mean that you have to go out of your way to be mean or rude; just try being honest for a change.

10. Move somewhere new.

Live abroad, move to a new town or move for somebody that you love. See just how adaptable you are to change and where life takes you once you’re out in a different part of the world. This is a must-have experience for everyone.

These are just some of the experiments you can try in your own life, on your journey towards personal growth and happiness. So just give one or two a try! Who knows what you end up learning about yourself, or what life changes you make, as a result?