It’s resolution time again but let’s do it differently this year. Action for Happiness have some feel-good resolutions, which make a change from the normal quit smoking, lose weight, give up cakes-type resolutions that we usually make. All that negativity – no wonder the resolutions are a distant memory by the middle of January. This year, let’s make our resolutions fun. Here are their ten actions for a happier 2012 with my thoughts on each one.
- Let your family and friends know how much they mean to you – I take it for granted that they know, but do they really? This year I’m going to show and tell more often.
- Find ways to make exercise fun and sociable – Last year I took up ballroom dancing and zumba and I would recommend the latter to anyone. It’s so much fun that it doesn’t feel like exercise.
- Do extra acts of kindness to help others – When I’m rushing about my daily life, it’s all too easy to think I haven’t got time to help others. This year I’m going to make a conscious effort to do so.
- Get outside and enjoy the natural world together – There’s nothing like a walk in the countryside or along a beach to inspire awe. Somehow it clears the mind and gets everything into perspective.
- Spend more time getting to know your neighbours – Again, our busy lives suggest there’s not enough time to connect with those around us. Why not?
- Take time each day to be ‘mindful’ and notice how you’re feeling – Again, in the apparent rush of everyday life, I lose contact with myself, ploughing through the day on autopilot. I’m going to take regular time-outs to get back in touch.
- Change something that’s been making you or others unhappy – There are always things we feel unhappy with and it often seems that they are out of our control. If you can’t change the situation, change your response. I intend to look for the positives.
- Support a good cause you feel passionate about – Something I think I’ll get round to when I’ve got time. The time is now.
- Try something new that puts you outside your comfort zone – There’s something exhilarating about pushing yourself forward when you want to retreat. The first time I went to my ballroom dance class, I got to the door and nearly turned round and went back home. I’m so glad I summoned the courage to go through that door.
- Write down three good things that happen each day – I tried this yesterday. Initially, I couldn’t think of anything. Then I couldn’t stop writing.
Aren’t these resolutions more inspiring than the usual ones? Thank you Action for Happiness!
PS My three good things for today are:
1. Had fun in the supermarket with my daughter scanning the products en route.
2. Got real satisfaction from looking at my freshly-cleaned floors.
3. The sun was shining.
4. Enjoyed a step class, even though I kept getting the steps wrong. Who cares?
Whoops, that’s four for starters!