As November comes to an end and I review my resolutions, how I did, what worked, what didn’t, the inevitable question is, but am I happier?
I would have to say, yes. I am feeling more creative and I feel like I have the tools to get myself out of a rut if I have a creative block. No, I didn’t complete my novel for NaNoWriMo, November is just a hard month for it. But, working on my novel did serve as a great creative outlet when I would get stuck on my blog or jewelry. It also helped me create daily writing habits.
Create every day was another tough one and I’m not sure if this let to more happiness because on long work days, it did end up being a bit of a chore. Luckily, I could count writing and creating so it really worked out.
Without a doubt, the resolution that led to the biggest increase in happiness, was standing on my head. You can read the background on this one here. Not only did it help me creatively, but it really increased my happiness by making it easier to deal with stress.
When things didn’t go my way, I made an active effort to see things from a different perspective. If someone did something that hurt me, or as was more often the case, hurt my feelings by not showing the support I felt they should, I would make myself see things from their perspective. Whether or not the motives I imagined for them were accurate or not, it really did help me feel better to see that they may not have been coming from a place of malice.
Standing on my head or upside-down living… whatever you want to call it, it one resolution I plan on continuing throughout the other months of my project.
Has changing your perspective ever helped you out?
[Image via Cloud 9] It’s always been a dream of mine to take a hot air balloon ride, it needs to happen!