Published on 30 Dec 2016 by Gwion Llwyd

Uncharacteristically, I have moved away from a goal setting, focus driven, ‘deprivation’ in some capacity approach to the New Year and looked at what makes us happy. They say that all those things you ‘strive’ to achieve tend to fall into place when you are happier and so rather than beat myself up for missing a training day or failing at juicing on a freezing cold January day (these things do not make me happy), I looked at the alternatives at creating happiness Snowdonia Style…



Most of us are sleep deprived. 2-3 nights of good sleep can totally transform you, so imagine what a regular routine of good sleep will do. One thing you’ll notice as soon as you land in Snowdonia is the quietness and, less obviously, the darkness at night…. not many street lights in the fields! Throw in fresh air and homemade food readily availible in the area and you can be rest assured a good nights sleep is on the cards.



This is not about doing the next marathon, it’s about little and often as you are more likely to stick to it (long term achievement is another booster). Walking is said to be one of the best forms of exercise as it relaxes you whilst energising you at the same time; I heard it referred to as a ‘magical elixir’ for this reason. At least 10 – 15 mins a day will see you more alert and if you can do more, so much the better. Walking in Snowdonia is a must – we have incredible mountains and lakes as well as beaches and forests; all so beautiful and totally happiness inducing!



This is a real seratonin booster; spending time and re-connecting face to face really does do wanders for our happiness. Move away from screens for a few days and actually spend quality time with people you love. Dioni have a great selection of cottages for lots of different group sizes and in great locations. So get some friends together or actually sort out that family reunion you’ve been thinking about…



This dosen’t have to be achieved by throwing yourself out of a plane. Just going somewhere new, experiencing something different all works towards a higher level of happiness. Stay in a cottage in the middle of nowhere with no WIFI, try a workshop, go to the top of the Snowdon by train, Stand Up Paddleboard and meet the dolphins ….. or of course take full advantage of everything Snowdonia has to offer and try the longest zipline, climb Snowdon via Crib Goch or white water raft down the best rapids in the UK!


Whatever you choose to do is up to you…. Snowdonia is a beautiful place to come and visit with so much to see and do. Now you know it can improve your happiness stakes too, well so much the better!

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