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Travel and exploration makes us the happiest

Travel and exploration makes us the happiest.

A new study, published in the journal, Nature Neuroscience, earlier this month, has revealed that we regularly experience "happy, excited, strong, relaxed and attentive" emotions when we get to explore new places.

Catherine Hartley, paper co-author and an assistant professor in New York University's Department of Psychology, said: "Our results suggest that people feel happier when they have more variety in their daily routines - when they go to novel places and have a wider array of experiences. The opposite is also likely true: positive feelings may drive people to seek out these rewarding experiences more frequently."

It was revealed that those of the 132 men and women that had visited multiple places in the same day experienced more positive emotions.

Co-author Aaron Heller, an assistant professor in the University of Miami's Department of Psychology, added: "Collectively, these findings show the beneficial consequences of environmental enrichment across species, demonstrating a connection between real-world exposure to fresh and varied experiences and increases in positive emotions."

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