While everyone is posting on their social media timelines about the amazing year they had, not everyone can say they feel the same. For some, 2014 was the ultimate fail. Whether you went through a terrible breakup, got laid off from a job or simply didn’t accomplish any of the things you set out to, we feel your pain. It’s life, it happens.
But just because you had a crappy 2014, it doesn’t mean you have to let it bring you down. The great thing about a new year is that it can be used to symbolically bring a fresh start to your life. You may not have been the happiest camper these last several months or weeks, but no need being a Debbie Downer. Cheer up and prepare to conquer the new year! If you’re tired of sulking about all the things you don’t have and managed not to do, let Centric guide you to four sure ways to get your happy back in 2015. Make it count.
Accept and Release
The first step to finding your happiness is accepting the painful truth and letting it go. Whatever or whoever contributed to your unhappiness in 2014, acknowledge the disappointment and move on. Acknowledging it means to identify what hurt you, why it hurt you and finding resolution. If you’re disappointed in decisions you made, allow yourself the opportunity to feel that and then release it. If someone has wronged you, see to it that you let them know the impact they’ve made in your life. It’s important for your own peace of mind and closure. Once you are able to confront the source of your pain you’ll be able to fully release it into the universe and never revisit it. Leave what’s in the past exactly where it is--the past.
Try Something New
There’s nothing more boring than not taking risks and living a life full of comfort zones. If you really want to reinvigorate your happiness, challenge yourself to do things you’ve never done before. Whether traveling somewhere you’ve never been or going skydiving, it’s important to never let life get dull. Live on the edge. Maybe you always wanted to learn how to play an instrument or never got a chance to check out that pottery class. Whatever it is, go for it! The only person who’s stopping you is you. Don’t let complacency or procrastination deprive you of living your full life.
Dedicate Your Life To Fitness
Exercise makes us happy. Don’t take our word for it? It’s science. Regular fitness, including cardio (running), is good for heart, helps the body build muscle and maintains a healthy weight. One fascinating fact that many tend to overlook is that exercising also releases endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals that promote happiness. So even if you’re not necessarily hitting the treadmill to lose a couple of pounds, staying fit will have you looking good and feeling good inside and out.
Put Your Thoughts On Paper
If your feelings get the best of you and you don’t exactly know how to channel your emotions, one simple and therapeutic way to get everything in check is to write your thoughts on paper. Daily journaling will allow you to express yourself in a private, uncensored way. Life can get chaotic and it can often be difficult processing our thoughts or handling our frustrations. Transferring all that in the written form you liberate you in ways you could not imagine--especially when you’re writing things you wouldn’t normally say in your everyday life. You may even find yourself discovering something about yourself you never knew or arriving at an epiphany about your life and the people in it.
Whatever you choose to do in 2015, be sure that is makes you feel fulfilled and, more importantly, it makes you happy. Only you can determine what that is for your life.
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