New Year’s Resolutions – you’ve gotta love ’em. Vowing to be better, healthier and ultimately happier. Yes, 2016 will be my year! And so it should be. But even though it’s brilliant that people make promises to themselves to be better starting from 1st January (anything positive is a beautiful thing after all) we all know it rarely lasts a few days or maybe a month at most.
All these things we try to do to improve ourselves and ultimately make ourselves better, are things we should be doing every day. I sometimes feel that the new year deludes us somehow into believing that it’s always the perfect time to start putting things right but if you think about it, it’s really not. Assuming you live in the western world, Christmas has ended, you’re recovering from the purge on all the food you could get your hands on, you’re tired from Christmas parties, travelling to see family, generally overindulged and no doubt had a great time doing it…then reality hits and it’s back to work. Back to the humdrum of life and we meant well when we decided to go through with our resolutions but now they’re at the far reaches of our over-frazzled minds destined to become a far-off memory.
I’m obviously generalising here but you see what I’m getting at. Every day of the year is a great time to start improving yourself and getting on that road to happiness. Getting happy is a habit and it’s something we need to work on as much as we can. If we create this big, grand gesture of changing something in our lives starting 1st January then we are more likely to set unrealistic goals and therefore fail to achieve them, actually resulting in diminishing our happiness in a way.
Self-improvement is a very personal, individual thing. We should do it when we are ready, not when we feel pressured because it’s the start of a new year.
So if you feel you need to start improving yourself or taking care of your happiness then by all means start now – in the present moment. Read a book, listen to a great podcast, buy that running gear and go for a run but do it because this is going to be the start of a great habit and not because it’s the start of a new year 🙂