Hello, and happy New Year! I for one cannot quite believe that 2014, the year of my happiness project, is now over – how quickly did that go? I do however love the fact that I now have an archive of blogs to look through and remember each month of the year.
For December I only had one goal – let’s see how I managed.
1. Look after yourself
My goal was all about self-care. The latter half of the year had been less than kind to me, so I wanted to give myself permission to truly relax and recuperate before the New Year. And I’m pleased to say I really did. Over Christmas I spent time with my friends and family, ate lots of lovely food and had more than enough duvet days. When it was time to return to work I felt refreshed and ready to take on the New Year with gusto.
So, am I happier?
This is a tricky question – I wasn’t particularly ‘unhappy’ before I started this project, so I was never expecting to feel hugely different. I do think I’ve learnt what makes me truly happy and therefore have the power to make myself happier in the long run.
If anything, I feel a whole lot calmer. I had moments of high stress throughout the year and the learning curve came when I had to overcome that, and figuring out how to do that was probably the most valuable lesson from this experience.
What I’ve taken away from my year-long project is that the small things really do make a difference. Change in circumstances can lift or lower your mood no question, but if you can remember the small things that make you happy you’ll always end up smiling.
The key goals from this project that I’ll be carrying through to 2015 are:
- Have a voice at work.
- Go to the cinema/a gig/dinner alone.
- Do good deeds.
- Take more photographs.
- Spend money on experiences.
- Be spontaneous.
- Spend more time with friends (in real life).
- Maintain a fitness regime.
I feel like 2014 was a year of learning, what makes me happy, how can I cope with stress etc. So for me, 2015 will be about putting all this into practice, and I honestly can’t wait.
If you want to start your own happiness project, I recommend heading over to Gretchen Rubin’s blog, it was this (and her book) that inspired me and there are some great tips for starting your own project.
Read all of Kat’s Happiness Project blogs.