If you're not happy, you can practice activities to become happier. According to researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, 50% of happiness is our genetic set point – no changing that – and another 10% is due to our life circumstances. A whopping 40%, however, is under our own control that we can shape with intentional activity.
Don’t beat yourself up mentally if you’ve failed to live up to resolutions in the past. Instead, understand the process of change, so that you know which stage you’re at and whether or not you’re actually ready to make a New Year’s resolution. That way, you’ll have a greater chance of success.
I thought I was pretty creative – reusing an old ironing board pad as heat-proof liner to make 3 pairs of pot holders – until I ran across some websites positively overflowing with examples of reusing and repurposing household items.
Gifts seem to get all the attention at this time of year, but do you know the other four languages of love? More importantly, do you know which love languages your near and dear ones most need in order to feel treasured, appreciated, and loved?
Do you have fun and pleasure in your life? Something you look forward to? Gets rid of stress? Gives you joy and focus? Gets your mind off your troubles? If you do, you probably have a hobby!
A very busy person once told me she was learning to play the violin in the evening to wind down, instead of having a drink and watching TV. That hobby suited her well, because she could do it on her own time and it fit her interest and personality.