It’s 2018 and the resolutions are pouring in. The New Year can be a time of reflection, and for some, it can mean hunting for happiness. I’ve definitely done my share of “hunting,” but I’ve come to realize that when it’s happiness you’re searching for, you need to find it for yourself. However, there are a few changes I’ve incorporated into my life that I believe have helped me bring more happiness into it. Taking the time to find which hobbies, foods and overall lifestyle choices you enjoy can ultimately help you reach a higher level of happiness in your own ways.
1. Listen to Your Needs and Wants
Hiking is an activity that I’ve only become passionate about over the past few years, as growing up in Chicago didn’t lend itself to spending much time in the great outdoors. After moving to Arizona and exploring local mountains, I truly discovered my love for nature. The everyday work grind and other stressors can wear on a person, and I am certainly no exception, but I’ve found that committing to spending time outdoors every weekend gives me the dose of fresh air I need to reset for the days to come. If the outdoors isn’t your thing, that’s totally fine! Take time, though, to do something you love to do. Try a new restaurant, take a pottery class, visit a friend or walk your dog. Hunting for happiness begins with committing yourself to your needs and wants, and once you find out what those are, listening to them will undoubtedly bring you great joy.