In honor of the new year, Imagine Hope is looking at how to set goals for getting more of what you want out of life. Today we will focus on Question #4: What are the little comforts? When you think about the little comforts in life, what comes to mind? Sometimes we become so focused on the large things that make us happy, we forget the little things that make life more pleasurable.
If you have read the earlier blogs for this week, we are focusing on 8 different areas:
- Material goals
- Family and friends
- Educational/intellectual/professional goals
- Spiritual goals
- Creative goals
- Emotional/psychological growth
Using each of these areas, come up with at least one small comfort for each that would make your life easier, more pleasurable, or more comfortable. Try to focus on those things that don't cost a lot of money, or those that cost no money at all. Brainstorm and try to come up with at least 30, even though that might seem like a lot!
For example, a small comfort for family and friends (and health) could be taking a walk with your best friend on your lunch hour once a week. For a small professional comfort might be a more comfortable chair for your desk at work or fresh flowers for your office once a month. A small comfort for emotional and psychological growth could be learning how to meditate or a good book on meditation and self-care. A material comfort might be a new coat of paint on the walls of your favorite room or a re-arranging your living space to make it more comfortable.
As you can see, small comforts are just that... small things that are within our reach in the present. They are the little things we can do at the same time we are working on some of our larger goals in life. Just because we can't get to our long term goal today, tomorrow or next week (e.g., build our dream house), doesn't mean we can't do anything in the here and now to give us some of the same comforts to a lesser degree in the meantime (e.g., buy one piece of furniture we would put in our dream house).
So, what are your small comforts?
Thank you for joining us this week, and Happy New Year!
Joleen Watson, MS, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.