Eat better, lose weight, join a gym, quit smoking…..
This is the time of year people usually turn their thoughts towards new plans for the new year. Setting goals by way of a new year resolution helps us plan our course of action for the upcoming year.
I suppose there’s something about a new year that makes us take stock of our lives and determine to make some concrete changes going forward. By definition, the word resolution implies that there is a problem that needs to be solved and most likely one that you’ve already met face to face many times. This is probably why most new year goals are abandoned as quickly as they’re set – if the solution were simple you would have found it already!
There’s a whole industry behind self-improvement and while there’s no shortage of people and books willing to show the way towards a better you, we soon come to realize that the pursuit of happiness is much more than a better job, a new relationship or an improved diet. Eventually, we reassess our expectations, our ideals and our ability to come to terms with the things we can not change. We pick and choose our challenges and reconsider what really makes us happy.
Our quest for happiness is a noble one. We know that a truly rich person is a happy one and that happiness doesn’t just feel good – it’s also good for you! There’s even a positive, hormone-releasing bio feedback that occurs when you put on your smile and try to feel happy even when you’re not in a good mood. Doing something that makes another smile has tremendous payback value – sort of your own little bio feedback.
The good news is that happiness can be learned and the benefits of finding your happy place are endless. So this year why not just ask yourself, “What would make me happier?” It may sound selfish, but a happier you extends well beyond your own physicality and eventually embraces the world around you. Our attitude plays a big part in the world we create for ourselves and our happiness should not depend on the things that we have no control over.
Whatever your happy is, Dr. Sam Axelrod and his amazing team at Your Smile Dental Care hope you find peace and contentment and that your year ahead is truly something to SMILE about. If you are still searching for a new year resolution perhaps you’ll consider something that’s both healthy and absolutely free – Your Smile!