It’s here, it’s finally here! A new year, a fresh start, an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments of the prior year, make adjustments as needed, and set plans big and small. Think beyond the new gym membership and commitments to eat better, work out, lose weight, etc., and give yourself some stuff to really look forward to and get excited about!
When I was a teen, somewhere I read or heard that happiness results from having someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to. So for this year’s resolutions I resolved to bring more happiness into my life, and I created a simple three part outline to get me started on a follow through plan of action.
Resolved: Bring more happiness into my life
(because who couldn’t use some more of that?!)
1. Spread the love.
Having someone to love can be a significant other, family, friends, or a pet. It can also include love for your community and helping others. Make an ongoing effort to show those you love just how much they mean to you.
2. Plan a project.
Having something to do can give you a sense of purpose, accomplishment, pleasure – or all of the above – depending on what it is. If your day job satisfies you, then you’re set here. If not, plan a project! Projects can be hobbies, side jobs, working towards a goal, almost anything!
I personally like to have several projects going at once. My corporate day job is certainly something to do and it pays the bills, but for me (and I suspect many people) that’s not enough. So for 2017 my projects include growing Juniper Lemons (yay!), and a massive remodel/expansion of our house starting in January! Both are projects that are engaging in challenging and fun ways, and are completely different from my day job.
3. Bucket list(s).
As for the some things to look forward to, don’t overlook the little things. By all means do count that annual vacation to Maui if you’re lucky enough to have one, but there are so many smaller things that can be done throughout the year too. I touched on this earlier in 2016 when I shared my April Bucket List. Set aside time on a monthly, or even weekly, basis and fill it with plans that you will look forward to. The plans can be super simple like grabbing a mid-week drink with friends after work, getting coffee with your dog and heading to the park, or a night at the theatre. So make some plans and get excited.
Cheers to a happy 2017!