3 Things You Should and Shouldn’t Do for a Happier 2016

With 2016 now upon us, today is a good time to start thinking of how you can improve your life in the new year. You may have spent the entire year waking up and wishing you were doing something else, now it’s time to start working towards what you really want in 2016.

You are, and should be, in control of your happiness in both your personal and professional life. Take your happiness with both hands and run with it. You may not know what 2016 brings, but there’s one thing you can be certain of, if you want to be happy, you better start doings things that will lift you up and stop doing things that bring you down.


Now, Here’s What You Should Do:

1. No More Drama

Happiness means focusing on the BIG picture and unless you’re able to sift through the gravel in your life, you’ll be living this year the same way.  Prioritise the big rocks and don’t waste your energy trying to make sense of the lesser pieces, often represented by the unnecessary drama you allow yourself to get involved with.  Resolve to live a drama-free life so you can attract positive energy and attention. 

A simple way to minimise drama in your life is to stay away from people who make you feel like your life is full of problems. Surround yourself with people who bring about a positive influence in your life.  If you don’t have that many at work, maybe a change of work environment is a good idea. Whatever you do, avoiding unnecessary drama will allow you to find and hang on to your happiness for longer.


2. Take Control of Your Life

You are responsible for the life you lead and it’s about time you take full control of it.  There is no need to wait for other people’s approval or else you may never be truly happy. When you’re in a scenario where you think you have no choice and that you’re bound to live your life the same way forever, know that there’s always a choice, you always have a CHOICE. 

The same applies to your career too. If things aren’t going too well in the office, know that you can do something about it. Whether it’s doing something about your work attitude or improving your work performance, you have full control of how you can bring your career to the next level. 

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In one of Nelson Mandela’s famous quote, he says, “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” And this is exactly what you should strive to achieve. Take control of your life so you can live the life you truly deserve.


3. Take a Moment to Savour and Enjoy Life

While it takes tremendous amounts of will power, dedication, and hard work to achieve success and happiness, you also need to take a moment to savour and enjoy life. Take a moment off work to de-stress so you can refocus your attention and get your creative juices flowing again. 

Most of us succumb to the pressure of achieving a certain level of success and happiness and this is exactly what’s stopping us from achieving what we want in life. We allow ourselves to worry about the pressure so much that we forget how to have fun. Take a break and experience life’s simple pleasures, eat good food, travel to different exotic destinations, and do something crazy occasionally. Enjoy life and you’ll find it easier to achieve whatever goals you’ve set for yourself.

If the pressure at work is starting to get to you, do not hesitate to take a short break.  A day or two off work can do wonders for your sanity. Just make sure you file your leave appropriately and take care of any urgent matters before going on a vacation. Use this time to enjoy a worryfree vacation, so that you can go back to work feeling all recharged and re-energised.


Now, Here’s What You Shouldn’t Do:


1. Playing the Blame Game

Whether it’s failing to win that promotion, or earning that big raise, playing the blame game won’t do you any good. In order to be truly happy, you have to take responsibility for every decision you make. If this year has been less than rosy, reflect on the actions you made and learn from it. Take these lessons to heart and use them so you will not make the same mistakes next year. The happiest people have no time to point fingers. It’s useless, ineffective and will just delay you from doing what you need to do to be truly happy in life.   


2. Wallowing in Self-Pity

Life is not fair and the sooner you realise that, the happier you will be. You and millions of other people on the planet are going through the same sort of hardships and challenges every day. Wallowing in self-pity won’t help you change the fact that life is not fair, so it’s either you deal with it, or you don’t.

What sets you apart from the rest is what you do with the knowledge, come to terms with the unfairness of it all and sport a brand-new attitude of positivity. You know you’ll have to work doubly hard to be happy and successful in 2016 so use this time to plan your life, career, and everything else accordingly.  Remember, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

3. Worrying About Things Beyond Your Control

There are things that are beyond your control and worrying about them won’t stop them from happening to you. The best thing you can do is to prepare for them in advance so that when they happen, you won’t be caught off guard. The secret to a happy, healthy life is to ensure you always have a back-up plan and don’t just leave everything to fate or chance. You may not know when something bad will happen, but if you’ve done enough to negate its impact, then you definitely have nothing to worry about.


There is no such thing as a bad day, a bad year, or a bad life.  It’s all about YOU. You are in control of your life. It’s the things you’re willing to do, to change, and to improve that will help you be happier and more successful in life. Use the new year to plan the things you want to achieve in 2016, and do what you have to do to make sure you get them. Cheers to a great year ahead!