We’re fast approaching that time of year when hoards of us start setting New Year’s resolutions, and for many those goals include the usual cliches such as lose weight, stop smoking and get a new job. There’s nothing wrong with setting your sights on these things, and they’re all highly achievable with the right strategy and level of motivation. However, one goal that most people don’t have on their list is to increase their level of happiness, and it’s something that can significantly impact everything else you want to achieve in your life…
The reality is that you’re going to find it much harder to reach your most important goals if you’re feeling down and miserable. It’s also been scientifically proven that happy people live longer and more fulfilled lives which means there’s plenty of evidence to back up why it’s important to make sure this is an area you focus on.
If you’d like to inject some extra happiness into your life and get 2016 off to a flying start, follow this 5-step plan that’s quick, easy, and actually works: –
Step 1: Be Clear And In Control
I’m willing to bet you probably spend more time planning your weekends than you do planning to be happy! If you stumble through life with no clear goals in place it’s easy to get lost in the daily grind. So sit down today and get creative; design the life you want to lead, organise how you’re going to do it, and enjoy being in control of your future. Aside from having clarity and direction, you’ll find life’s a lot more fun when you know where you’re going!
Step 2: Come Together
Good quality relationships, both personally and professionally, help reduce stress and depression, and increase your sense of well-being. Make a concerted effort to seek out positive, happy people and surround yourself with them everyday. Call your most fun friend now and make arrangements to see them this week, or join a new networking group to expand your social and professional circles.
Step 3: Get Healthy
Now this isn’t rocket science but given the obesity levels in Australia and general lack of well-being I think the obvious needs to be said: if you’re run-down, sick, tired and sluggish you’re going to find it hard to be upbeat and happy. Time and time again scientific evidence proves that healthy living can increase your levels of happiness, so stop putting time and effort into excuses and, instead, go for a walk, drink more water – whatever you do, make an investment in your well-being.
Step 4: Get A Bright Outlook
Optimistic people life longer, get sick less, are more successful, have better relationships, and are more likely to succeed in their careers. Those are all proven facts! Do you really need any more reasons to start being positive? Decide how you want to see the world, stop looking for the negative and practice having a positive perspective today. There are millions of people in the world worse off that you, so write a list today of five things you could feel positive about and change your mindset and attitude now.
Step 5: Get Happy Now!
Stop saying ‘when’ and start living ‘now’! Are there any reasons why you would postpone being happy until tomorrow? No one else can live your life for you, or make you happy, so put your Get-Happy plan into place today, start living in the moment and put mediocre behind you for good. Take responsibility for your happiness. After all, being upbeat can’t kill you, but being glum just might!
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