What do you do when you feel bored, restless or unhappy? Recent psychological research shows us that overall, people are happier when they spend money on an experience in an area they like rather than spending money on a material purchase. Retail therapy has long being advocated as a source of joy, an activity that will melt your worries, but now we know that is simply not true! The truth is, there are other activities you can partake in that will make you just as happy and leave your bank account with much less of a dent.

Go on a Road Trip

road tripWhether it’s with your partner, friends, kids or completely alone; going on a road trip to a new destination (or old familiar ones) can help you escape from the hustle and bustle of Cairo even if it is just for a few hours. Travelling a long distance with your car audio full blast will drown away any worries you have. Not to mention, once you actually arrive at your destination a change of scenery could just be what you need to recharge your mental batteries. Here are some ideas for locations and activities to get started with.

Felucca Ride

felucca rideA Nile boat ride is a guaranteed way to put you in a more positive mood, go back to basics with a felucca trip and good company. You can even bring some snacks and lunch your way along the Nile. Learning to appreciate the simpler things in life is one of the best things you can do for your mind and soul.

Bake a Cake, & Eat it Too!

bake a cakeThe feel of the flour, the sound of the blender, and of course the smell of your delectable final product; all these experiences stimulate your senses, which in turn increase the feel good endorphin production in your body. Baking has been proven to be a therapeutic activity, regardless of how your product turns out.

Catch Up With An Old Friend

catch up with an old friendA couple of hours of deep conversation with an old friend while sharing a pizza or a big mug of coffee; now that is a stress reliever like none other. Doing this even just a few times per month can help ease the stresses and strains of your everyday routine. Finding someone you can pour your heart out to and be completely yourself around is something rare that should be cherished, and can never be bought.

Attend a Concert

Party peopleMusic releases dopamine in our brains, the feel-good hormone that gives you that fuzzy feeling inside every time your favorite song comes on the radio. Singing your heart out to your favorite tunes alongside a group of people that share the same interests as you is an experience you will keep remembering for days to come. It is an adrenaline rush like you have never experienced before. Exposing yourself to new music and performances are also experiences that shouldn’t be undersold. Check out ElSawy Culture Wheel for their concert line up in Cairo in the near future.