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