Increasing Your Water Intake Can Increase Your Happiness
You may have heard of the 8×8 rule, stating people should drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water every day. This system seems easy to follow, but a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of O. Vine revealed that the average American drinks almost five glasses of water per day, with the average respondent believing people should only drink five eight-ounce glasses. This difference may seem like a small oversight, but did you know, the amount of water you consume can affect your happiness levels?
During the survey, OnePoll asked 2,000 Americans how much water they drink daily and how happy they feel. The results revealed that reports of happiness varied depending on water consumption. Adults were three times more likely to feel “very happy” if they reported drinking enough water. For example, 80 percent of adults who drink ten or more glasses of water a day claimed they were “very happy,” whereas 24 percent of adults who drink zero glasses of water a day claimed they were “not very happy.”
Additionally, the adults who reported drinking ten or more glasses a day were more likely to rate themselves “very energetic” and “very successful.” These results together conclude that the more water you drink, the more likely you are to feel very happy, and the less water you drink, the less likely you are to feel very happy.
Why Does Water Makes Us Happier?
According to the survey results, water makes people happier, but why? The answer can relate to the symptoms of dehydration. Being dehydrated can dry out your skin, reduce your energy, make you feel dizzy and speed up your heart rate. This feeling can lead to depression, uncertainty and irritability, negatively altering your emotions. Drinking water, on the other hand, stimulates the flow of nutrients and hormones that generate endorphins in your brain and leave you feeling happy. It helps you stay awake, boosts your daily productivity and flushes out harmful toxins. It gets rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements while keeping your temperature regular, helping your joints and protecting sensitive tissues. You may not even realize the enormous difference drinking more water could do for your body until you try.
Why Don’t Americans Drink Enough Water?
Staying hydrated can be challenging for most adults. Data shows that three out of four Americans claim they are too busy to drink the recommended amount of water, and some don’t even believe in the benefits. These are the top seven reasons Americans don’t drink enough water.
- I don’t feel thirsty that often – 44%
- I prefer to drink other beverages – 42%
- No time to get water – 34%
- I forget – 33%
- I don’t like paying for bottled water – 25%
- I don’t trust water from the tap – 22%
- I don’t like the taste of water – 19%
How Can I Increase My Consumption of Water?
The reasons why adults in America don’t drink enough water are understandable, but there are a few ways to make drinking water easier. If you don’t drink water because you don’t like the taste, try infusing it with fruit. Take a bottle of Absopure and add in some strawberries, lemons, cucumber or basil, whatever your heart desires. This punch in flavor might just leave you craving another bottle. If adding fruit doesn’t appeal to you, try leaving a jug of Absopure nearby. Set the jug in an area you walk by frequently, like your bed or kitchen counter. That way, you can’t pass it without being reminded to have a drink. Last but not least, try making water consumption into a game. Take your Absopure water bottle and use a sharpie to mark the water level. As you drink, the water will go down, and you’ll see the progress right before your eyes!
Do you have a trick to staying happy and hydrated? Let us know how you remember to drink the proper amount of water each day.