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Wellbeing Life Hacks

Life Hack #100: Look for Novelty

Are you feeling stuck in a rut, caught up in the routines of life? When was the last time you did something for the first time? The good news is, you can easily reignite that thrill of trying something new and get the benefits from the science of novelty. Research shows that positive novelty, like taking up a new hobby and creative problem-solving, can activate the dopamine system, boosting your mood, motivation, and creativity. But not all novelty is created equal - extreme and impulsive actions can lead to trouble. That's why it's important to embrace positive novelty, such as breaking routines, trying new approaches, and looking at old problems with fresh eyes. It's like a mental workout, creating richer connections in your brain and promoting personal growth. And it's not just a personal thing - injecting a bit of playfulness and thinking outside the box at work can boost team dynamics, productivity, and problem-solving skills. It could even work to strengthen relationships with family and friends! So, why not mix up your routine, challenge yourself with a new hobby, or simply have a weekend with no plans? It's all about sparking that sense of positive novelty and can make life more enjoyable and fun!

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