28 Dec 7 Ways To Be Happier In The New Year
7 Ways To Be Happier In The New Year
Want to be happier this new year? Do these 7 things and I guarantee it will begin a process of healing, freedom and deeper joy. Comment below and tell us what you think!
1. Be Grateful
Stop for 5 min and write down everything you have to be grateful for. If nothing else, start with being thankful for your breath, whatever you are writing it down on and the device you are reading this note from.
Stop comparing to what others have and what you don’t have. Be content with what you have. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very easy to do with our social media culture…but we need to recognize how its affecting us.
Join our #resoluteroadgratitudechallenge and share what you are grateful for!
2. Forgive Others
Don’t just say “oh that’s okay” but actually allow yourself to recognize what was done wrong to you, and then choose to forgive.
“Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die.“ – Marianne Williamson
3. Forgive Yourself
No one is perfect and you can’t expect yourself to be.
“Since brokenness is the way of folks, the only way to live peacefully is to forgive everyone constantly, including yourself.” ~Brené Brown
Check out this amazing Ted Talk by Brene Brown – Listening To Shame
4. Allow Yourself to Grieve
This is so important and it ties into forgiveness.
Allow yourself to feel the pain, the loss, the joys, the unmet expectations, a life you haven’t had… allow yourself to feel. Then find healing and move forward. We have emotions for a reason, it doesn’t mean you are weak. Shoving it down is not helpful long term and doesn’t allow you to heal and be free.
“We must feel the pain to heal the pain. If we never allow ourselves to feel it, we won’t acknowledge its there. Remember pain isn’t the enemy. Pain is the indicator that broken exists. Pain is the reminder that the real enemy is trying to take us out and bring us down by keeping us stuck in broken places. Pain is the gift that motivates us to fight with brave tenacity and fierce determination knowing there healing on the other side.” – Lysa Terkurst
“Numbing the pain never goes to the source of the real issue to make us healthier. It only silences our screaming need for help … What numbs us imprisons us. If we avoid the hurt, the hurt creates a void in us. It slowly kills the potential for our hearts to fully feel, fully connect, fully love again. It allows the rejection of a person to steal the best potential from every other relationship we desperately want and need.” – Lysa Terkurst
5. Allow Yourself To Be Happy
Is there guilt holding you back?
“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
6. Allow Yourself To Dream
Whatever this looks like for you, allow yourself to be creative, to use your imagination. As CS Lewis says, “But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
Don’t get caught up with the culture that tells you ‘you can’t, you’re told old, you’re too young, you’ll never be able to’…Don’t stop yourself because you think you aren’t good enough. Who cares!
7. Be Present
Put your phone down. Get off Instagram or Facebook. ENJOY THE ONES YOU ARE WITH .
Stop comparing. Look people in the eye. Remember that we’re all human … and our life is happening right now.
We will never be perfect at it, but remembering these 7 things will help get our mind back to reality, to who we are, and who we want to be. Learning to love ourselves and each other better.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
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