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4 Simple Questions for a Happier Life

By Emma Dickison

 

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Studies show over 90% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions and revert to their old ways within the first two months of the year!

This year, rather than setting overly ambitious goals that fizzle fast, take some time to determine what’s really important to you.

Then, make a plan and write it down on your calendar. Goals are much more achievable when they’ve been committed to pen and paper.

Start by asking yourself these four simple questions:

1.What aspects of aging are most important to you and your family?

  • Examples: Being physically active and mobile; keeping your mind sharp; maintaining your independence; remaining in your own home; attending your grandchild’s weddings.
  • Importance: Determining what you value most can help you set long-term health goals and priorities and help you stay motivated.

2. Who are the most important people in your life?

  • Examples: Spouse/significant other, parents, children, friends and neighbors.
  • Importance: Decide which relationships you want to invest more time and energy into, and make plans to spend more time with one another (e.g., date nights, vacations, etc.).

3. What do you want to accomplish in life?

  • Examples: Learn a new language; play a musical instrument; skydive; volunteer your time to causes that are important to you; travel to a special place you’ve dreamed of visiting.
  • Importance: Making time for the things that are important to you gives you a reason to get up in the morning and brings you a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

4. What are things you’ve put off doing but really want to address?

  • Examples: Organizing and labeling old photos; remodeling a room in your home; purging clutter; getting your personal and healthcare affairs in order (e.g., advance directives, such as Power of Attorney, Living Will).
  • Importance: Maintaining a desirable quality of life and being in control are things that matter most and are often given little consideration until they are at risk. Find tips on organization and planning advance care directives on our website.
    • Examples: Organizing and labeling old photos; remodeling a room in your home; purging clutter; getting your personal and healthcare affairs in order (e.g., advance directives, such as Power of Attorney, Living Will).
    • Importance: Maintaining a desirable quality of life and being in control are things that matter most and are often given little consideration until they are at risk. Find tips on organization and planning advance care directives on our website.

Invest the time today to make for a better tomorrow (and many more)! Happy New Year, and Happy New You!