2018 is almost upon us, and people are scrambling to figure out their New Year’s resolutions as we speak. At the top of a lot of people’s lists is an intention to lead happier, more fulfilling lives. This is easier said than done for the most part, but there are certain steps every person can take to increase their chance at happiness.
By implementing some of the following suggestions into your routine for next year, you certain to see an improvement in your general well-being. So without further ado, here is our list of 7 easy steps you can take to ensure the coming years are your best one yet.
A healthy mind resides in a healthy body. In order to acquire one, you have to exercise on a regular basis. Stand up and make a short pause for every hour you spend sitting. Take a bike ride to work instead of driving a car all the time. Start going to the gym, or join a local sports club. The hardest part of getting into shape is when you are just starting out. Exercising can be hard, but the more you do it the more enjoyable it becomes, and the health benefits it brings simply can’t be matched in any other way
Eat Healthier Food
Food is the fuel that keeps your body going. And topping off your tank with cheap, potentially toxic ingredients is certain to lead to engine failure. Eating a balanced mixture of carbohydrate, protein and vitamin-rich foods is a necessary prerequisite for leading a healthy lifestyle. Trying to lower your intake of foods rich in processed sugars and saturated fats should also be considered as a priority.
Meet New People
As we grow older, our social circles tend to shrink and become more entrenched with each passing year. It’s hard to get know new people when there are mortgages to be paid, children to be put through school, or housework to be done. Or at least that’s what you’ve been telling yourself. In all honesty, meeting new people takes very little effort. All it takes is a little courage to strike up a conversation, whether at a party, on the street or in an office. And the rewards for doing so can be enormous.
Meeting someone for the first time is like discovering a new continent. It can lead to all manner of exciting experiences, and all at the cost of a couple minutes of your time.
Work On Yourself Each Day
One of the secrets of leading a fulfilling life is experiencing as much as possible of what the world has to offer. One way of working towards this goal is by treating every day as an opportunity to learn or do something new. Try learning a foreign language, take an art class, pick up a new hobby, start practicing meditation, the possibilities are truly endless. By working on yourself in this manner bit by bit every day, you will come to grow as the person without even noticing.
Stop Worrying About What Others Think About You
Everyone wants to leave a good impression on people. However, sometimes we can go too far in our attempts in seeking approval from others. Some people just won’t respond to even to our most earnest endeavors. Others yet will dislike us despite our best efforts. This can lead to us perpetually questioning our self-worth, which can easily make us cynical and depressed.
What we ought to do instead is accept that it is impossible to please everyone, and work on improving our relationships with people that already like us for who we are.
Don’t Dwell on The Past
The past is filled with regretful decisions, unfulfilled desires, traumatic events, and other skeletons in the closet. And the closet seems to be growing by a few square feet each year. Unfortunately, we have a habit of rummaging through this desolate place far too often, giving these experiences a new lease on existence.
Instead, what we ought to do is to let the past be the past. What was done can’t be undone, so there is no point in keeping it alive in memory all the time. We can only move forward with our lives if we stop turning to check whether our past is still behind every 5 minutes.
Work Through Negative Feelings
We often face setbacks throughout our lives, but the pace at which we live prevents us from coming to terms with the negative feelings that are bound to arise on such occasions. Over time, these feelings can mutate and grow as a result of being bottled up, causing, even more, grief down the road.
So instead of ignoring them until they become too difficult to manage, we should face them as soon as we possible. By reflecting upon their causes and effects, we can work through them in a safe and controlled fashion. This gives us more time prepare for challenges that are still ahead of us.