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It is a real mood booster to focus on the good in our lives. A great way of ensuring that we keep our happiness levels up and raising our energy levels is planning ahead and making some time for some wonderful things. Experts agree, happiness is having something to look forward to.
Having Something To Look Forward To
Happiness for me is all about the day to day pleasures and small moments. The problems start when I feel that I don’t have enough of these. It is all about the pleasurable anticipation. Planning and thinking over a future event makes the experience sweeter and last longer. And there are so many advantages of having something to look forward to.
It doesn’t have to take a lot of time.
Even setting aside 5 minutes every day to have a meditation break, a proper cup of tea or a chocolate bar can be something that you routinely look forward to each day. Or if you have a certain day off each week, why not make a promise to yourself that you will do something for yourself on that day each week?
Put it in your diary or on your calendar. Tell others of your intentions. Make an appointment with yourself as a priority, as your happiness is worth it. Having something to look forward to each week is a brilliant step towards feeling good.
It doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Planning something to look forward to is a little bit like window shopping. You can have all the pleasure with none of the expense. However, at this time of year it is lovely to spend some time planning a trip away or a holiday. Thinking about the clothes you will wear, the sunny weather, and the books you will read. You don’t even have to be going away on the holiday that you plan, you will still have a lot of fun making all the decisions. Or why not put some money away, a little bit a week, and plan that when you get enough in the account that you will splash it out on your dream holiday, Now THAT is something to look forward to!
It can totally be free. The moments that I look forward to the most are times spent with my little one. Going for walks in nature and taking time to enjoy and be grateful for everything around me are the times that I relish the most. Just being in the moment and being mindful is great for our well being.
It can make you more talented.
In the last couple of years, I have found a hobby in sewing. The creative part of my life makes me happy. I’m always looking forward to sitting in front of my machine. I go to a sewing group on a Wednesday evening, and always look forward to those nights.
Now, I am not suggesting that we all take up needlework! But having a hobby that is portable or learning a new skill makes you feel better about yourself and can be something that you look forward to doing each day. Again, you may need to set some time aside in your diaries to do this. Express yourself, love what makes you you, and do it with pride!
It can get you in contact with other people.
Like my sewing hobby, looking forward to an event can get you in contact with other people. I always look forward to social evenings in or out with family and friends. We can all agree that being more in contact with others is a vital part of being happy. Even if it is just making time and looking forward to ringing a friend for a chat each week.
Keeping in touch with friends also is a great mood booster. Find out why friendships are so important.
Or it can give you quality time on your own
Similarly, if you are anything like me you may look forward to some precious me-time. Sometimes, all we need to look forward to is some self care such as a long candle-lit bath, a quiet moment spent reading, or a routine before going to bed.
Spend some time making a list of all the things that you could plan in the near future? Plan your next wonderful moment. Having something to look forward to is a beautiful thing.
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