How happy are you with your life as it stands? With the start of a new year, it's common to take stock of all the good and bad things happening in your life right now.

As you're thinking about your spouse, your family, your house, your job, your body, your happiness, you may start to feel as though things could be better.

While it's never healthy to be overly critical of yourself and your life, as no one's life is perfect, it IS a good idea to notice the things that you can change.

In this blog, you will find tips that will help you identify a lifestyle change that is worthwhile pursuing. You will also find tips to help this change truly stick.

Read on if you're ready to change a habit, revise your priorities, and kickstart your happiness.

Lifestyle Change: Happiness is the Goal

Of course, we all know that happiness is the ultimate goal of our lives.

While many covet money and professional success, those can be mere indicators of happiness, but not a source of happiness itself.

According to psychological research, there are three main indicators of true happiness:

  1. Maintaining close social and/or romantic relationships.
  2. Having a job or hobby that is enjoyable and challenging.
  3. Helping others through kind acts or volunteering.

With that in mind, take a moment to assess your life in these three areas.

Do you feel that your relationships are close, loving and fulfilling?

Is your job or hobby something that excites you and challenges you daily, opening doors as you continue to work?

Are you connected to your community and act as a beacon of kindness to others?

Depending on your answers, you may have several areas of your life that you could improve.

Lifestyle Change: Make a Move

Once you have thought about areas in your life that you'd like to change, it's time to start devising a plan.

Making a lifestyle change may sound simple, but depending on your goal, it can be extremely challenging.

You will be battling old habits, the status quo and others' expectations of you as you make personal change.

To aid your success, we have put together four action items based on the American Psychological Association's research on lifestyle changes.

Map it out

Planning is key to making a significant lifestyle change.

You can swear up and down that you will put more time into your relationship with your spouse, but if you don't plan it out, you will likely fail.

Here are a few planning tools that we recommend:

  • Make a list of goals.
  • Identify actions that will help you achieve your goals.
  • Create monthly mile-markers to check your progress.

Shoot for the (nearest) stars

Lifestyle changes seem like a far-off bullseye that would take incredible aim to hit.

If you miss that bullseye, you're likely setting yourself up for disappointment.

That's why you should start small with micro-goals along the way.

If your lifestyle change is to become more involved in your community, don't try to create a nonprofit right away.

Take a smaller step like going to a city council meeting to learn more about your community, or making lists of other community organizations you find interesting.

Take it one at a time

This is a reminder for the overzealous among us: Rome was not built in one day.

And alas, your lifestyle change won't be conquered immediately either!

We need to exercise patience and focus on one goal at a time. This single-mindedness will help you focus and truly conquer your goal before moving on to another.

Use the buddy system

The road to personal improvement can be a difficult path if you walk it alone.

That's why you should tell a friend about the change you want to make!

The second you vocalize your hopes, they become more real.

Not only will you become more committed to your goals, but your friend can become a source of support for you.

Change for Life

Once you conquer your lifestyle change, you don't just get the benefits of your improved self.

You also get the satisfaction of knowing that you are able to affect change.

Whether large or small, this is an empowering thought.

Because health is another indicator of overall happiness, we have a key resource that may be of interest to you.

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If health is an area of your life that you're interested in improving, contact us about this life-changing plan.

Your friend in health,

headshot-175-spaceDr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder, The Fit Father Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “Mr. Results”
Bragging Rights: Has helped over 35,000 fathers lose fat, build muscle, & get healthy for their families

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A small note about research cited in this article:
*Always remember: weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual. Just because these studies cite certain data does not mean you will experience these results. Always consult with your doctor before making decisions about your health. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on a lifestyle change.