Most resolutions are forgotten by March. This one is not only easy to keep, it'll make you much happier than losing a few pounds.
1) When you wake up in the morning, complete the following: My purpose is _________________.
Your answer could be anything from how you want to live your life to what you have planned for the day, but whatever it is, starting your day off this way gives you meaning and sets a positive goal and mindset.
2) Do something physical right when you wake up.
Okay, I know I said we weren’t discussing weight loss as a resolution, and we’re still not. Exercise is so much more than an means to an end. When you exercise first thing in the morning, you feel a sense of accomplishment, which can carry into the rest of the day’s tasks. Plus, by getting up each day when you’d rather catch another hour of sleep, you’re teaching yourself discipline, which will also carry over into your life.
3) Think about the future, but live in the present.
Happiness means different things to different people, but one way to ensure you won’t ever be happy is to live your life thinking about how far you still have to go.
4) Start doing things for people who can’t do anything for you in return.
There’s an old saying: The fastest way to find success is to help others find success.
This is true, but the same can be said for happiness: The fastest way to find happiness is to find happiness for others.
Random acts of kindness go a long way to making those around you feel good. This could mean volunteering at a local community organization, or just making a concerted effort to be kinder. You’ll find that the world is a much more inviting place by behaving this way.
5) Instead of complaining, focus on solutions.
We all face challenges where things just don’t go our way. When this happens, we face two choices: be upset and complain or be upset and focus on a solution.
If we go with #1, nothing gets accomplished and instead we feel even more helpless because the situation seems even farther out of our control.
If, instead, we focus on a solution, not only will we be able to overcome the challenge, but we’ll feel a sense of accomplishment, which can lead to even more positive change.
6) Read more books than you did in 2016.
Books are incredible tools to help you grow. Not only is reading essentially exercise for your brain, but the ideas found within books can actually help you understand life better.
Think about it: other people who have accomplished things you hope to accomplish—from grand goals like making more money to simple tasks like organizing your day better—wrote down their failures and success stories so you can avoid the hassle of having to experience those same challenges yourself! You just get to skip to the good part: achieving!
7) Each night, before going to bed, repeat the phrase: I am thankful for _______________________.
When you have a spirit of gratitude, you can almost never be unhappy. Think about all the things in your life you are grateful for. Having a roof over your head. Being able to afford your bills. Simply being able to take a walk outside. These are all things that should put a smile on your face, and reciting them each night before you go to bed will get your brain in the habit of understand what is truly important.