Whether you call them goals or resolutions, the last quarter of the year is usually when we reflect. We consider what our intentions were at the beginning of the year and compare them to what we have accomplished, or have not accomplished just yet.
And while there’s still time to make those moves, crush those goals, and check some things off your list before the end of the year, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to start thinking about what you’d like to achieve in the upcoming year.
Our readers are incredibly ambitious, always looking for a way to make extra income and turn hobbies into a new financial stream (and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!). But, it’s also important to focus on ways to better yourself mentally, spiritually, and physically.
Let’s take a look at some intentional ways to bring more peace, joy, and happiness to your life this year.
Give Meditation a Try
Do you meditate? In today’s busy world where we are always on the go, it can bring tremendous clarity and focus to take some time to slow things down and center yourself.
If you’re new to the concept of meditation, it is simply a practice that allows you to focus your mind on one thing–such as an object, activity or one thought to gain peace, calm and mental clarity. Frankly, meditation gives your brain a rest.
As someone who has a lot running through her brain at any given moment, meditation does not come easily. If you’re like me, you will quickly learn that mediation takes a lot of practice before you can master it.
But, even those whose minds wander quite often have shared the benefits of meditation once they stuck with it. Those benefits include stress relief, being able to control their anxiety, lower blood pressure, and increased attention span among other things. It’s definitely worth a try!
Read For Pleasure and Growth
There are so many ways to consume books today. Audiobooks are more popular than ever before, and many still prefer their print books and ebooks.
The saying “Reading is fundamental” still rings true; so being purposeful not only about reading but what we’re reading is important.
There are plenty of books that fall into the personal development category, and the rise of the entrepreneur and side gig economy have mainstreamed this genre. However, there are still many benefits to reading for pleasure!
Reading for pleasure doesn’t automatically mean reading fiction. Find the genre that you love, like non-fiction, memoirs, and autobiographies, historical, etc. Chances are you’ll still have incredible takeaways and things that you learn from your reading.
Reading any genre gives us the ability to stop thinking of ourselves, again giving us that “brain break” I mentioned earlier, and allows us to take a break or escape from our own routine.
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Get Outside More
Spending time outdoors is good for you! Hiking, playing in the woods or forests, kayaking, and more boasts significant health benefits. While those benefits have been scientifically proven, the proof is in the doing.
Think about how much time we spend indoors. We often work under fluorescent lights, in front of screens—television, and computers and return home to the same environment.
Taking a walk in the woods or spending any significant time outdoors gives you a much-needed technology break, while also getting in physical activity.
Spending time in nature is de-stressing, rejuvenates you, and often helps fight depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that spending just 5 minutes in green space reduces your stress levels.
We talk a lot about creativity and how to turn your hobbies into streams of income. However, it’s important to have a creative outlet that is strictly for your enjoyment.
Creativity can be found in so many mediums and platforms. Painting, writing, dancing, or joining a local theater group are just a few creative outlets.
Getting creative gives you the opportunity to see things from a different perspective. Don’t be surprised if participating in one creative activity gives you clarity or solves problems in another area of your life. Creativity often sparks creativity!
It’s always a good idea to volunteer your time to help organizations that are close to your heart. But, you aren’t limited to only volunteering with non-profit organizations, charities, and foundations.
Giving back to your community can be as simple as picking up trash on the side of the road or doing random acts of kindness in your neighborhood.
We live in an era where time is often the most precious commodity we have, even more so than money. Volunteering is also a family affair that you can involve your family while being an example to your children of good citizenship.
There are many opportunities and ways that you can set goals to become a better you in the New Year! I hope this simple list of how to find happiness has inspired you in some way. What are some ways that you plan on bettering yourself in the coming year?