While on a recent 7-day cruise with Princess Cruises, I learned a thing or two about happiness. Here’s what I discovered!
I recently returned from a glorious 7 day cruise aboard the amazing Regal Princess ship. I’ve always been a fan of cruising and really believe it is the best way to vacation! With that being said, I noticed something while I was on my 7 day vacation… I was extremely happy.
I know what you are thinking…”Well, duh, Kristen. Of course you were happy… you were on a CRUISE vacation, spending time in the sunshine, eating amazing food, and getting away from this hellish winter weather.” OK, you’ve got me there, but despite the obvious reasons for my happiness, I noticed while away little things that the cruise staff did or even the cruise line itself had in place that increased my happiness.
As I was cruising along, I kept thinking (each time I’d feel that little jolt of happiness) what can I learn from this Princess cruise about happiness? What are some things I can incorporate into my daily life back home that will give me more of this kind of happiness? And so, I started to take note… and now I’m sharing with you!
Here are some of the top things I learned about happiness from my most awesome vacation.
Surround Yourself with Happy Colors
Doesn’t just looking at the colors in the picture above make you happy? The colorful Cabanas at Princess Cruises private island in the Bahamas made me happy… and as I traveled around the different ports we stopped at, I realized that bright, happy colors like yellow, pink, green, etc make me so happy! Spotting a yellow house is an instant smile maker for so many people. If these kind of bright colors make you happy, why don’t you add some pops of “happy color” around your own house so you can feel those good feelings everytime you see the happy colors!
Change Your Scenery
I have been so bored on my runs lately…and after running on the Regal Princess track with a view of the ocean at every turn, I realized my runs don’t have to be boring! Of course it’s boring to run on the same treadmill at the same gym day after day. Happiness is switching things up! Run outside on a trail, or change the time of day you run so you can watch the setting or rising sun. This morning I started to get bored on the treadmill at the gym and decided to hop off the treadmill and run on the indoor track. Sometimes all it takes to add a little happy in our life is to break out of a routine!
Meet Jeeves, the absolute best room steward around! Jeeves did a lot to make us happy aboard the Regal Princess, as did each employee I encountered. In fact it was Jeeves who really made me start thinking how the hospitality industry is onto something with simple ways to make people happy.
Jeeves ALWAYS took notice when he saw us. He’d compliment us on what we were wearing, ask about our day, see if our hands were full and offer to unlock our room for us so we didn’t have to dig through our bags for our keys, etc. Jeeves and so many of the employees aboard the Regal Princess took a moment to chat with the people they saw and always had a friendly word and smile ready to dole out. I’ve taken a bit of Jeeves home with me and am trying to take notice in others more often. I’m putting my phone down and talking to people I encounter, taking the time to offer up a compliment to someone and more. Making other people happy certainly helps boost our own happiness!
I know this and I always have, but waking up a little earlier in the morning and taking time to savor my morning, versus rushing through it, makes me so much happier. When I have mornings to journal or read or do something for me before getting everyone else up and ready, my day goes by so much better!
A little treat every now and then makes me happy. When I don’t feel like I’m depriving myself from things, I tend to be a lot happier! On the cruise ship, I’ll admit I let myself have a Pina Colada (or two) each day because…why the heck not? I saved the gelato for the final day on the ship, but knowing that I was going to treat myself later in the week gave me something to look forward to and made me happy!
Turn it Up
Almost everywhere we went on the Regal Princess, we were surrounded by music. Whether it was the jazz band playing in the Atrium, the steel drum band playing outside by the pools, or the soft music in the Spa, the music of the ship was the soundtrack to our days….and it made me happy. I noticed I had more of a spring in my step as I’d walk, and I’d smile more when a song I loved would come on. Since I’ve been home, I’ve created a Caribbean Pandora station and I listen to it daily. Even when it’s cold outside, the music takes me to a happy place.
Escape Your Comfort Zone
I’m kind of a chicken…just ask my mom how many times I went out the chicken exit on roller coasters growing up. But chickening out isn’t very much fun, is it? Escaping my comfort zone and doing things that can be a little scary (to me) actually really does make me happy! In St. Thomas I went on an Extreme Zip Line Excursion (you can watch one of my adventures above) and in St Maarten, Melissa and I went out on a jet ski in the ocean! The water was kind of rough that day (a big, yet brief storm came in shortly after we were done) but it was so much fun!
I’ve decided that adding more adventure into my life is one more way I can up my happiness!
Enjoy the Ride
Finally, my biggest lesson in happiness from my time on the Regal Princess is to simply, enjoy the ride. Things may happen in life that aren’t that great, but it’s how we deal with those things that determine our happiness. I’m trying to learn to take things in stride, understanding more and more that I am in charge of only my own happiness, and sometimes that means even going out and making my happiness happen. Let go, move on, seek happiness and be happy!
I’ll be sharing more about my cruise on the Regal Princess in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, be happy!
Disclosure: I was a very grateful guest of Princess Cruises on board the Regal Princess. All opinions expressed are my own. For more information about Princess Cruises and to book a cruise (I highly recommend it) visit their website at www.princess.com.