Wanna Be Happy? Move.

Jack, Journal Guide

If you read the above title, you may think I’m trying to talk you into leaving your home sweet home to jump into a place declared to be Happyville or something. Well, I’m not.

What I am suggesting is that if you want to be more emotionally happy and more satisfied with your life you need to be pursuing meaningful goals. And when you are pursuing meaningful goals you are moving. So, yes, if you “Wanna Be Happy” then move.

Dr. Pychyl says

According to Dr. Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D, “To the extent that we’re making progress on our goals, we’re happier emotionally and more satisfied with our lives.”

In Dr. Pychyl’s article in Psychology Today, he says when you are actively moving towards meaningful goals that movement plays an important role in the development and maintenance of your psychological well being.

He goes on to state that if you are feeling happier or better about yourself you are more likely to continue pursuing your goals.

Moving toward happiness

I’ve heard it stated this way before, “Nothing breeds success like success.”

The important part is to begin the moving process. Starting with small steps you can move daily toward your goals.

Try this:

  1. Write a meaningful goal in your journal
  2. Decide what you will need to do to move toward your goal – write it out.
  3. Each time you revisit your journal write about the steps you are taking to move toward your goal.




As a lover of words, pens, paper and the dictionary I'm a natural for journal writing. But, I wasn't always faithful to the task and had to learn the hard way. Some trial and error as well as input from my journal writing friends helped move me along. I have a burning desire to help people who want to use and get the most out of their journals and diaries. I see journal writing as a self improvement tool and a way to avoid costly mistakes, bad relationships and my stinky-self. Finding my kindly self is part of the journey which keeps me writing. I Journalate and so can you.

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