Book Report

I recently finished a fascinating book, The Happiness Hack, by Ellen Petry Leanse. While it never mentions “Escape Rooms”, it does focus on happiness and our brain. The author recognizes just how detrimental our addiction to our electronic devices is killing our happiness. Fortunately, she also sheds some light on activities that can and does increase our overall happiness.

First, some fascinating statistics according to a global World Economic Forum study:

  • “Digital media users often spend more hours online than they sleep, yet only 50% believe it improves quality of life.”
  • “Participants’ social media use alone consumed an average of 1.8 hours (30% of total daily online time) per day.”

Apparently, people are spending more and more time documenting and photographing what they – and their “friends” – are doing, and enjoying everything less in the process. That same study also confirms the fact that social skills and empathy decreases as people spend more time online.

Here is one solution: play an “Escape Room” (preferably Quandary: An Escape Room Experience), but any will do! And here is why:

  • You can’t be distracted by your device, because you are not allowed to use it while playing the room (you may have it with you in the event of an emergency though).
  • You are under a time deadline of 60 minutes (trust us, you will not be thinking of anything within that hour other than solving your way through the room).
  • You must work with your teammates (friends, family, co-workers… whomever you selected to be on your team) which strengthens bonding and connections.
  • You will tapping into parts of your brain that are seldom challenged the way it will be when confronted with a unique and challenging environment designed to make you think differently.

The Harvard Happiness Study was begun in 1938, during which 724 Harvard graduates were tracked for 75 years in an attempt to answer the question: “What makes for a good life?”. At the conclusion of the study, those that found the most happiness credited one thing: connection. Participants all agreed that what ultimately brought them the greatest satisfaction in life was feeling connected to those they cared about. “People who are more socially connected to family, friends, or community are happier, physically healthier, and longer-lived than others,” the study revealed.

So unplug, unwind, and reconnect with those that are important to you. Not only will you have fun playing an “Escape Room”, you will make memories in the process.


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