Hey folks – it’s already 2017. Crazy, right!? As New Years is a time of reflection, a lot of us have probably sat down with pen and paper and after some careful thought, written down a few resolutions for the new year. After some reflection of my own, there were a few important things that stood out in my mind. Both good and bad experiences serve to help us grow, and these are a few of the most important lessons I’ve learned in the past year that may help you as well.
1.) Family is top priority. Life gets crazy. Life gets hectic. But sometimes you have to let the laundry pile up and dishes accumulate while you play “Pirates” or some other imaginative game with your 2 year old. These are memories they’ll cherish forever, while that basket of clothes..well..it’ll just have to be patient. Maybe set aside a family game night once a week to get the whole family together and involved in some fun activities! If you’re looking for the best games out there – try JMCremps’ extensive collection of board games, card games, & more.
2.) Little goals are key. Sometimes the mountain of things we have to get done can get overwhelming. Break everything down into little goals (it might help to write it down) so you can create a series of little finish-lines. According to a study by Thai Nguyen, completing these little goals actually releases dopamine, which motivates you to take action towards your goals, desires, and needs! For me, it’s even more satisfying when I can cross it off of a list. Don’t forget to create a new goal before you’re done with your current one. This ensures a consistent pattern for experiencing dopamine.
3.) Soak it in. Vow to live more in the moment this year. It’s a bit startling to think that each moment is fleeting and unique, and will never come again. Each moment is precious, so be THERE for all of it. Be thankful for all of it. Put your phone down until you’re by yourself. Show your loved ones that the time you spend with them is very important to you.
4.) Say “thank you” instead of “sorry”. Instead of apologizing every time you mess up, try saying “thank you” instead. If you’re late to a meeting with a friend, saying “thank you so much for waiting for me!” instead of “so sorry I’m late” sends out a much more positive message. Of course there are times when an apology is necessary, but I’ve found that giving gratitude instead an apology to another person leaves both sides feeling better.
5.) Get outside. This one should be obvious. Put aside more time this year to get out into the great outdoors and get some fresh air. I don’t need to quote scientific studies for this one..it’s obvious how much better we feel when we take the time to go do some kind of outdoor activity. Spending time out in nature can boost your creativity and cognitive function. Not to mention the vitamin D we get (however little it may be in winter.)
I hope you’re able to use these tidbits to help improve your life even a tiny bit. Let’s make 2017 the best year yet!