With the New Year approaching we’re all considering what resolutions to make this year. We all make them… and then we break them two weeks into January. I read a great book this year call the The Happiness Project (you can read a review here). This book has some really inspiring ideas on how to be a happier you each and every day. Over reading the book I stumbled over some different little things that can really make my day and I would like to share them so that you can get some ideas for 2015.
Start acting the way you want to feel. Too often we think to ourselves – I’ll be happy when… ‘when I lose weight/get that raise/find a new job/find love’. You are living your life now, don’t wait to be happy. Decide what makes you happy or however you want to feel and do more of it.
Choose one new thing to try every month. When was the last time you tried something for the first time? Stepping out of your comfort zone is going to give you a better sense of who you are and it opens you up to new and better things. It makes life exciting and challenging. Even if you only try something once and decide you don;t want to do it again, at least you’ve tried it! Here is a list to get you thinking of new things to try!
Eat Teppanyaki (or a new cuisine)Learn ten phrases in a new language
At a Restaurant, Let the Waiter Pick Your Entire Meal
Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before
Plant some flowers
Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz
Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city
Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees
Say “Yes” to Everything for One Full Day
Do a ‘no spend weekend’
Get a Cardboard Box, Fill It Up With Clutter, and Donate It
Renew old friendships. Get on the phone and call up that friend you have lost touch with. Too often we let ourselves get busy and we lose touch with great friends for no good reason. Why not make some time for these connections this year.
Start wearing things that feel more ‘you’. We all have our own style, let it shine through in your everyday clothes, not just on special occasions. Don’t save your favourite red lipstick for special occasions, wear it everyday.
Give good hugs. there is a lot of science out there to prove that hugs are important for our well-being. Make sure you hug the people you love as much as possible (without being weird).
Give more compliments. We all feel good when we receive a compliment after making a bit of effort. Why not give more compliments out to others and really make their day?
Spend 15 minutes tidying up your space. Getting ready for the day ahead is so much easier when you have a tidy space to do it in. Each night spend 15mins getting your space clean. It really is the little things that makes your day so much easier. I went through a phase of being a bit lazy when it came to organising my socks. I would take them off and leave them on the floor, when it came time to wash them I would have odd pares everywhere. The following week I would cringe when looking at my sock draw and complain about never having matching socks. Now I have a system in place all of my pared socks get cleaned together, hung out together, and rolled up together as soon as they are dry. Do you have anything that drives you crazy when you are getting ready to start your day?
Stock up on cute greeting cards. How nice is it to get something in the mail that isn’t junk mail or a bill? Have some cards on hand for any occasion – its nice to know that your friends are thinking of you and are there for you should you need them, send them a little card and tell them.
Say no and mean it. We all get caught up in doing things we would really rather not do. This year instead of saying yes and wishing you hadn’t, say no. We’re all busy with things we need to do, so remember to check yourself before you go ahead and say yes – while you learn how to say no, give yourself time to think it over rather then getting caught up in the moment. Tell them you’ll check your diary and get back to them, this can be a great way to come up with an alternative too.
Happy 2015 everyone, I know I have some big things planned for the year ahead but I always remember that its these little daily things that really make a difference. If you have a goal for the year why not share it below, I’d love to hear what you have planned and share ideas on how to make it happen in 2015 🙂