Every year, as the ball drops on New Year's Eve, millions of Americans make a promise to be different—better, healthier, and happier—and yet only 1 out of 4 will actually stick to his or her resolution. One reason for this may be that our resolutions rarely address our overall wellbeing—a sustained feeling of harmony, energy, safety, and peace.
Resolutions like "lose ten pounds," "learn a new language," or "quit smoking" are perfectly reasonable goals, but they each only address a small part of our wellbeing. It's not just our weight or our diet or our education that creates health and happiness; there are numerous factors that are continuously affecting one another.
As you consider how to be healthier and happier in 2013, you may begin by asking yourself a basic question: "What can I do to achieve more balance in my life?" Perhaps you are an avid exerciser, but you feel unfulfilled by your career. Or maybe you eat a well-balanced diet but feel lonely much of the time. Where in your life do you need to look to find wellbeing for yourself?
Wellbeing is a personal state that includes the following six aspects. Take some time to deeply consider each one and discover which parts of your own life may need more attention this year.
Wellbeing is a dynamic process; each of these aspects influences the others. Notice that when you flourish in one area, you tend to do well in the others. And don't be hard on yourself if you slip up in one area. Achieving wellbeing requires patience, self-compassion, and the willingness to try again.
Take small steps along the way and trust that by nourishing yourself and those around you, a balance will emerge that's just right for you.