Little Luxuries Come with Big Benefits

The term “luxury” may bring to mind superyachts and five-star resorts, but experiences and things don’t have to be extravagant to qualify as a luxury. Some of life’s little joys are just enough and can also offer great benefits.

By indulging in small, meaningful pleasures you can boost your mood, reduce stress and foster a more positive outlook. This is due to increased dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter that affects vital functions like sleep, pain processing and mood.

One study found that making purchasing decisions reduced residual sadness. Meaning if you’re able to splurge and can freely buy something you want, you’re more likely to feel secure and happy.

Beyond the benefits that come with dopamine, small indulgences provide the chance to understand more about yourself. So start by recognizing self-care is not selfish. You may not need those little luxuries, but they’re essential for your mental health and well-being.

And don’t wait until you’re feeling down to treat yourself. Planning ahead gives you something to look forward to, whether it’s a lavish dessert or a long hot bath. The important thing is to add self-care and little luxuries to your calendar.

Schedule a simple walk around the block each morning or subscribe to a magazine so your treat comes right to your door every month.

If you need more inspiration, here are a few to get you started:

  • Keep a stash of dark chocolate and treat yourself with a small piece every day.
  • Always have a book handy so you can read a chapter if you’re caught with some extra time.
  • Buy that fancy tea or coffee you like so you can treat yourself anytime to you want.
  • Subscribe to an app like Aura or Calm to have guided meditations or stories at your fingertips.
  • Schedule a facial or manicure at the same time each month.
  • Find a journal or coloring book and spend some quiet time each night by yourself.
  • If you like fresh flowers, brighten your home by placing a standing order every few weeks.

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