So – off it went, just like that. 2022. Ta-ra cocker. See ya. I bid you adieu.
And now it’s time to wish you a very happy New Year!
I know, it’s a bit of a cliché isn’t it, thrown around casually and liberally at a time when we may have had enough of the Christmas madness. But this really is the most genuine and warmest wish of happiness for the New Year. Because every single one of us is entitled to a bit of happiness. No matter who we are.
It’s true that some of us feel we don’t really deserve to be happy: we may not feel good enough, caring enough, clever enough, attractive enough, rich enough, successful enough, famous enough, that we’ve struggled enough, that we’ve not struggled enough … the list goes on.
We might even compare ourselves to others who look sooo much happier than we do, doomscrolling those shiny, happy people on Insta and Tik Tok. Result? It makes us more miserable.
But – whoever we are, happiness is our right. We don’t need to justify it. Ever.
Remember those lovely neurotransmitters from our last blog? Well, we have a more abundant source of these when we are happy. We are sick less often and, when we are, we heal faster. Confidence levels increase and we are likely to be more energetic, logical, creative and productive.
So what might make us happier? Maybe we think getting rid of things might do it.
If only we weren’t so anxious; if only we weren’t so unfit; if only we weren’t in a rubbish job.
Look again. What we’re actually wishing for is a list of things that focuses on the problems.
Let’s flip this, so that we focus on the solutions.
If only we felt confident; if only we felt fitter; if only we were in a better job.
Brilliant! Now we can start making a difference – because we know what we want, not what we don’t want!
And so the next step is to work out how.
What little steps can we make to work towards that wonderful goal that you’ve identified?
Let’s work together and walk together in little steps towards a truly happy New Year.
You deserve it.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” —Helen Keller