Every year, when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, millions of people vow to be different—better, healthier, and happier
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Searching For Happiness In Life During The New Year
Every year, when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, millions of people vow to be different—better, healthier, and happier—but just one in every four will follow through. One explanation for this might be because our resolutions seldom address our entire well-being—a sense of harmony, vitality, safety, and serenity that lasts.
Resolutions such as “reduce ten pounds," “learn a new language," or “stop smoking" are all admirable aspirations, but they only address a tiny portion of our overall well-being. It’s not only our weight, food, or education that contribute to our happiness and wellbeing; there are multiple elements that interact with one another all the time.
Finding Personal Balance
As you ponder ways to be happier and healthier this year, start with a simple enquiry: “What can I do to achieve more balance in my life?" Perhaps you like working out but are dissatisfied with your job. Or maybe you consume a well-balanced diet yet are often lonely. Where do you need to seek to discover happiness for yourself and in your life?
Six Aspects Of Wellbeing
Wellbeing is a personal state that includes the following six aspects. Take some time to deeply consider each one and discover which parts of your own life may need more attention this year.
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Our health encompasses not just our body but also our mind—that is, how we deal with our emotions, attitudes, and stress. Analyse the areas of your life where both your body and your mind of yours may need special care. For instance, do you get sufficient sleep at night? Obesity reduced immunological function, and cognitive issues have all been related to the lack of sleep. Do you get enough exercise? Exercise is vital for weight loss and physical health; it also improves mood and sleep habits. Taking care of your body and healthily reacting to emotions and stress can positively impact your health for the rest of your life.
Our relationships might have a more significant impact on us than we think. According to studies, those who have great connections live longer than those who are lonely. But don’t be alarmed if you don’t have as many friends—helping others by volunteering or providing comfort when they are in need may also increase your life expectancy.
A feeling of security helps in wellbeing by reducing levels of anxiety and fear, both of which have negative health consequences. Ensuring your own and others’ safety is vital to creating health. You may boost your feeling of security by implementing preventive practices, such as wearing a seatbelt or helmet, or by actively participating in your treatment by asking your doctor questions.
Our community may seem to exist outside of our own zone, yet the lives of others around you have a significant impact on your own. Consider volunteering or befriending your neighbours to get more connected with your local community. Individual well-being will be enhanced by a vibrant community. What can you do to improve well-being in your community, church, or workplace?
Knowing our life’s purpose requires us to explore our talents, interests, and values and how we might fulfil the needs of the world. Our purpose is where we discover meaning, and it has the potential to enhance our physical health, prolong our lives, and strengthen our connections with others. Finding their life’s purpose is a continuous process for many individuals, so check in with yourself regularly. Inquire, “Do I feel fulfilled?" Is what I do important? Where do I experience a sense of belonging to something bigger than myself?
Similarly, the place in which you reside and the whole environment surrounding you might impact your happiness. Check your personal space: does it exude peace and order, or is it congested and chaotic? The world around you will influence your emotions and physical health. Make it a point to spend time outdoors every day this year, whether it’s taking a stroll outdoors during your lunch break or planting a lush, green plant in your kitchen. This may prevent you from getting the sadness induced by “nature deprivation," as experts have discovered.
Each of these characteristics impacts the others in the process of happiness. It’s worth noting that when you excel in one field, you also tend to excel in others. And don’t be too harsh on yourself if you make a mistake in one area. Being happy needs patience, self-compassion, and the desire to try again and again.
Take tiny steps along the way, and believe that through nurturing yourself and others around you, an equilibrium that is precisely perfect for you will emerge.
Source: University of Minnesota