By Evan Vitale
Since we’re early in 2017, you’ll still hear people telling each other (and you) to have a “Happy New Year!”
Is it possible? Can you REALLY have a happy time; a good time in 2017? Can this year truly be a great year for you; your family; your currently employment and more?
One thing is for sure: You and only you can make yourself happy. Don’t wait for something or someone else to come along and make you happy. You are in control of your happiness.
Of course, for some, an improvement in their current lives can help their happiness, but it’s going to be different for each person. For example, a new car; a new house, condo or apartment; a vacation; more money; a job promotion or a new job, etc. Those are all obtainable goals, but they can feel like mountains!
While you might be working towards a larger goal this year, make sure that you are also winning in other areas of your life that you can control. For example, breaking a habit like smoking or cutting back on your sugar intake; feeling healthier by walking for a few minutes each day; being more selective in your eating habits; creating and following a budget, etc.
Winning with small goals (such as creating and following a budget) will help you save more money which, in turn, can help you reach a bigger goal of taking a dream vacation or having enough cash on hand for a down payment on a car.
Let’s be clear: money can’t buy you happiness as the above scenario is only an example. For some, spending more time with family members creates happiness for you (and for others). Volunteering helps make people – both the giver and the receiver – happy.
Find things that you like to do that will create more happiness in your lives (and in lives of others). This will help you create a truly “Happy New Year” this year for you.