Happy in 2014

It’s getting close to New Years again and the articles are already popping up.
Be happier in 2014.
20 tips to improve your happiness in the coming year.
I have issues with articles like these because Happiness is subjective.
60% of the time my response to “Are you happy?” is “Meh, I’m not unhappy.”
The other 40% of the time I am anxious, depressed, or just even slightly down in the dumps with no real reason for being. That’s my base state.
I have a good life, good job, home, a bouncy neurotic dog, and all the normal things that can go right or wrong in a life. But I am also an introvert and a writer which means I think about things like “Am I happy?”…constantly.  I over think things and tear myself and my life apart looking for flaws and ways I can improve.
This has culminated into what I call Study Days. Two or three days a week I go home after work and instead of getting on the internet or losing myself in crap TV, I work on something. Normally it’s acoustic guitar or French, but sometimes it’s just cleaning the house for 30 minutes or working on a project I have been putting off. The idea is to take 2 hours a week or so to improve yourself or your life in someway. I have been trying to get this into a consistent habit for years, as evidenced by the entire shelf of used How to learn French books.
If you ask someone struggling to get their basic needs if they are depressed they will most often say no, simply because they don’t even have the energy to contemplate the fact that they might be. But if treated for depression most people will show massive improvements in their lives. It’s only once your basic needs are taken care of that you can have the time and energy to examine your life and try to make changes.
So what changes are you going to make this New Year?
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Writing

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.Isaac Asimov

I have been cranking out the writing, even getting up at night to jot down ideas that will not leave. My book is finally filling out and I have been cranking out a ton of short stories whenever I hit a rough spot in my novel. I have also been talking books and writing a lot with friends and family. For Christmas I was given a ton of journals, more than I could ever use in a year :).

My resolution this year is to finish the book and to work on my health. The last year has been rough with work and I let my health slide a good bit. This is my year to correct this. I will be starting a new job soon and moving but I am determined to get moving more.

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a great New Year.

 

Prompt for December 31:  Fresh slate.  Tomorrow is a new year.  What do you want to do with your fresh slate?

The main goal for 2012 is a year of health.

I want to eat healthier and to eat less fast food and take out.

I want to exercise more.

I want to find more time to do the things I love, like taking an hour to read or learn french or work on my guitar just because I want to.

What are your goals for next year?