I’ve decided to do something a little different for my New Year’s resolutions this year.
In fact, I have decided on only one resolution: Be happy.
It was a realization for me this past year that I really don’t let myself be happy a lot of the time. I tend to worry constantly, I get lost in my head overthinking things, I am self-judgmental, and I dread social events.
Put simply, I make myself miserable all the time.
Finally, at the beginning of the month, as I was staring this new year in the face, I said to myself, “Dang it, I ought to be happy. I have an amazing life that shouldn’t go to waste. So, be happy!”
And I said back, “Okay, I’ll try.”
So, what does happiness look like for me?
This past summer I read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, a very thoughtful book that I highly recommend. In it she writes and reflects about the year she dedicated herself to becoming a happier person. For her year of happiness she created 12 resolutions, one goal to tackle each month.
To come up with her goals, she first created 8 truths about happiness that would help inspire her as she worked through her year. The first “splendid truth” is “To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.”
I felt very so inspired by Gretchen’s experience that I decided that I want to have my own happiness project this year. So, here we are.
My list of 2016
New Year’s Resolutions Happiness (Monthly) Resolutions.
- Eat and Move for Well-Being. Eat what I love and what makes me feel good. Move my body to heal and rejuvenate.
- Write. Journal, blog, or write for fun more and more, because I love it.
- Positivity. Actively think in optimistic ways, and be aware of and avoid negative thinking.
- Simplify. De-clutter physically and mentally, take technology breaks, spend less, and focus on what’s important.
- Kindness. All actions should come out of kindness and love for others.
- Read. Read for enjoyment. Read to expand my knowledge.
- Spiritual Growth. Pray, meditate, read, journal, whatever I feel led to do on my spiritual path.
- Mental Energy. Become more aware of the mental energy I am using. Essential energy is best used for essential thoughts.
- Community. Become more involved in the community around me. Work towards interacting with more people and creating relationships.
- Creativity. Go outside my comfort zone creatively. Try new projects, new mediums, and always try new things.
- Make a Difference. Give more of my time to helping other people. Volunteer and donate.
- Thanksgiving. Be thankful for everything and everyone on my life.
These goals will probably morph over the course of the year as I discover more about what it means for me to be happy.
Here’s to a very happy new year.