The texture and weight of what touches your skin -- especially soft, light things like stuffed animals, silky scarves, even gentle breezes -- can have an immediate impact on your level of happiness and contentment, according to a series of recent experiments at Yale University that investigated the link between touch and brain function. Soft materials stimulate the skin’s most delicate pressure-sensitive nerves, which increase your brain’s production of the mood-boosting hormone oxytocin, according to the research.
Try this: After a bad day, slip into your comfiest outfit and treat yourself to a few minutes of rest outdoors, focusing on the feel of the evening breeze tickling your skin. No breeze? Too hot? Relax inside facing a fan set on “low” to get the same happiness boost.