Fashion has been part of my life every since I can remember. When I was a toddler, my mom would smock little dresses for me and I would proudly prance around town in them with a giant smile on my face. When I was in second grade, my usual outfit of choice was a brightly colored t-shirt tucked into biker shorts (a bit of a fashion misstep looking back but, hey, I was experimenting). In middle school I discovered the beautiful world of glossy fashion magazines and my fascination has only grown from there.
The great thing about clothes and fashion is that it can transform you, and your happiness levels. What you wear on a daily basis can have a magnificent impact on your life. If it’s something you love or feel comfortable in, it can affect your day in a positive way. For example, dressing in your favorite color (or even just surrounding yourself with it) can be a major happiness-booster! My absolute favorite color is blue. Royal blue, to be exact. So when I feel like I need a little extra oomph to brighten my day, I rock these jeans:
Something as bold as royal blue jeans isn’t always necessary. A little accessory like a scarf or handbag can have the same effect! I love fashion because it is always evolving. Trends are always changing and building on one another. It’s an entirely new way to look at how teamwork (between designers) can move mountains and it’s truly art. Did you know that viewing art causes an increase of dopamine in the brain, signaling pleasure and happiness? Though it’s been a constant idea in the realm of psychology, Psychology Today revisits the topic of how art & creativity, like fashion, can have a profound effect on the human mind and its happy state.1 Any type of creative outlet can increase joy, whether it’s art, film or fashion.
What creative trick do you try to boost your happiness? Going to the movies? Wearing a colorful top? Let us know in the comments!