Tick off a mini goal
Perhaps there’s a new cuisine you’ve been meaning to try, or a restaurant that you never quite get round to booking. Well, this is your moment. Utilise your weekends to try things that fall outside your usual routine, says Dr Alice Boyes, and research proves that ticking off even small achievements gives us the sense that our lives are on track (which in turn boosts happiness). It doesn’t need to be a huge endeavour. “This is a good time to try out a dish you’re a bit anxious about making,” she says. “There was a Thai curry that I’d wanted to cook for months. It meant driving across town to an Asian grocery store and sourcing all these unusual ingredients. Not something I can usually fit into my week.”
» DO IT! Write down fun things and make a bucket list of activities you’ve been meaning to do for the past year, then pick one and do it.