December is here, and I know I’m a bit late on the post, but it really only recently began to feel like winter around here. I think this is one of my favorite months, possibly because of the beautiful decorations everywhere, the family time, and of course the snowy scenery! There are so many exciting events that happen especially in this month such as all of the shopping events that occur, holiday get-togethers and Christmas parties. There can be so much opportunity for happiness this month it can really become overwhelming at times. Just like during Thanksgiving we give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives, I find this to be an equally important time to give thanks and feel blessed for what life has given us.
Individual lifestyles are becoming more and more chaotic, especially in the North American culture, which in turn is having an effect on both our social skills and health. Although I believe we are all strong and driven in our own ways and that each one of us learns to just keep going and pushing through daily schedules, the importance of slowing down and taking a step back is really beginning to find it’s validity on me.
In order to remain sane and basically regain myself and my focus in this chaotic time, I turn to books I like to categorize as “Lifestyle Psychology”.
I started the #HyggeSeries a few weeks ago, and although I haven’t posted in a little bit, I am still a true believer in the matter and have been implementing its practices as often as I can. Within the #HyggeLifestyle collection, I have also spent some time focusing on two other theories: Lagom and Lykke, which both entice their readers to re-evaluate aspects of their lives to become more relaxed, happy, and fulfilling. If you’re interested in learning more about these theories, have a look at my post here.
In addition, I have a list of books which I like to reach for, such as:
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
- Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary J. Bishop
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
Not only do these books give me motivation, inspiration, and advice, but also are able to put a smile on my face. At first I was a bit sceptical about reading these types of books, simply thinking, “will they just tell me what I already know?” or “what if these books just give me more unrealistic goals and ideas?”. WELL, when I started reading them, I made sure to take a certain perspective on the information that was being given, and to take notes on things that I thought I could implement into my life; realistically. It all started making sense, and these books became one of those guiding principles in lifestyle choice; and not only for me, but MANY others (as you can see walking into any bookstore, there is always at least one of these books sitting in the main display).
So, the moral of the story is, it’s okay to just take a break sometimes, it’s important to rethink your lifestyle strategy, and make a plan for a happier life – especially since there is always room for improvement in te category of making yourself happier!