For many of us, 2018 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2019! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January and February for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.

This year, instead of resolving to make up for last year’s shortcomings or trying out a new diet craze, take steps toward total happiness with goals that will bring a smile to your face every day. More often than not, New Year’s resolutions are based around changes we want to make or things we don’t like but think we should do more of; this year we want to encourage you to do more of the things you actually love. Here are three things — besides bod goals, job goals, and bae goals — to positively focus your energy on.


1. Find a hobby to do by yourself. We’ve all tried plenty of hobbies, and for whatever reason, some stick and some don’t. However, over the years, we can bet there’s one thing you tried that made you feel really happy to be doing. Whether it’s gardening, fishing, swimming, or just walking through the park, find your happy place and hold yourself to going there once or twice a week. Make sure it’s something that you can fit into your busy routine!


2. Hang out with people who make you laugh. You know those scenes in Sex and the City where the girls are all at breakfast laughing about their most recent escapades? Do that! Gather your girls, and hold each other accountable for making time to just hang out and catch up. If they’re not the girls you get dressed up with to go to the clubs, it can be the people you laugh with at the office. Either way, find a girl gang that fits your needs and vow to keep each other laughing at least twice a month.


3. Get creative. Even if you’re not an art collector or visual artist, being creative and engaging in creative spaces is a surefire way to bring extra joy to your day-to-day. Change your route to work to include walking through a graffiti alley, stop by a local art walk on your way home once a month, or take a weekly trip to your nearest MoMA — there are dozens of easy ways to engage in the arts with minimal effort. So get to Google and find something inspiring that tickles your creative taste buds.

Whichever way you choose to brighten up your new year, make sure your resolutions are pushing you further and bringing you joy. And remember: Even the most minor adjustments to your routine can bring about a major change in your mood and overall happiness.

What activities make you extra happy? Share them with us on Twitter @BritandCo.

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