While many of us made New Year’s Resolutions, I wonder how many resolved to lead a happier life and take more time for self-care. In the book The How of Happiness, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky writes that happy people tend to pay attention to the things they can control and not worry about the rest. What a valuable life lesson, one by which I try to live.
Below are a few of Dr. Lyubomirsky’s tips which I hope will inspire and guide readers to achieve greater happiness throughout 2018.
|Count our blessings. Be aware of all the good things in life and express gratitude for what we have.|
|Cultivate optimism. Make an effort to see the upside of every situation and surround ourselves with positive people.|
|Avoid social comparison and cut down on how often we dwell on our problems and compare ourselves to others.|
|Practice acts of kindness towards friends and strangers.|
|Nurture relationships. Don’t take friends and family for granted.|
|Savor life’s joys and remember these joys by writing them down or thinking and talking about them.|
|Develop coping strategies and proactive ways to deal with stress.|
|Learn to forgive. Letting go of old hurts and resentments frees your mind and heart.|
In closing, if you haven’t already heard the song, "Happy" by Pharrell, please listen to the lyrics, reflect upon, “what happiness is to you” and set aside time for what makes you truly happy. And finally, resolve to be positive, optimistic, joyful, and ….. Happy in 2018 !!!!