Happy New Year!!!
Have you made your new year’s resolution? This month, I will not be featuring random five picks of favorites. Instead, I will be talking about five new year’s resolutions (tips) to help you make this year a truly happier one! Ready?
1. Make time for yourself.
So much of our time is dedicated to the people we love and care about. I, for one, is a perfect example of someone who finds it so hard to squeeze in time to do things for herself (go to a salon to have her nails cleaned or go see a doctor when sick). It’s not because I can’t go out, but it’s more of me putting other’s needs first. I guess that’s exactly how moms are most of the time. And because there seems to be not enough time in a day, often our needs are taken for granted. Truth is, the things that we have to do for our loved ones will just keep on piling up. If you’re like me who waits for that “perfect” time to do things for herself, then let me tell you this– it’s never going to happen, you’ll never see that time coming unless you take a break to do things for yourself.
While it’s important that we take care of the people we love, it is also of the same importance that we do not neglect our own needs. I remember my Pulmonologist once told me, “if we truly care about the people around us then we have to make sure that we are also in top shape to take care of them and be there for them”. And giving the same importance and attention to our own needs in the same level of effort that we give others is the best way to achieve that.
2. Share and give back.
You heard the saying, “it’s better to give, than to receive“? It’s true… There’s no better feeling than being able to share your blessings. This year, make it a habit to share, to give. It doesn’t have to be in the form of money alone, you can give your time, share your talent, whatever you can. Nobody is too poor to be a blessing to others. When we give back we don’t just make others happy, we become even happier people too because we get to be a blessing to others. Is there any other feeling more fruitful than that?
3. Go out, explore.
Travel… Go to places. You don’t need to go out of the country to do that, you can simply go out of town if money is an issue. Make a list of the places you haven’t been to and schedule a trip. Experience what other places have to offer.
For a normal, stressful day– you can go out for a walk, enjoy your surroundings. Walking is said to be a natural form of energizer and serves as an anti-depressant. It also boost circulation and increase oxygen supply in every cell in our body– helping us feel more alive. Don’t wallow in things that causes stress, go out and walk those stress away.
4. Buy less, instead do more.
They say that an average person today owns about 10,000 objects. Yet are we any happier? After we buy the things that we thought can make us happy, several days from the purchase the happiness dies down too. This year lets try to do it differently– instead of buying new things engage in classes, learn a new skill- try calligraphy or take clay workshops for example. The important thing is you invest on learning and trying to do something new.
5. Do what makes you happy.
Last but not the least, whatever it is that makes your heart flutter — go for it! As long as you don’t hurt or ends up stepping on someone’s toes, do it! Remember that nobody else can truly make you happy but you. So reflect on what brings you happiness and set out to do it.
Through the years, I realised that it’s so much easy to find things to worry about. It’s easy to see the bad in things… But it takes an effort to appreciate the goodness of what is around us. This year, lets all strive and make that extra effort to be happier and be the source of goodness of people around us.
How about you, what are your new year’s resolution this 2015? Do you have anything else that you think I should include in the list? Lets ponder more about it in the comments. 🙂