7 Self-Reflection Questions to Create Your Own Happiness This Year

“Self-reflection is necessary to dig underneath our own layers and visit the inner crevices of our heart and mind to develop an understanding of life.” ~Unknown

This year, I’ve not set New Year’s resolutions nor planned to completely “reinvent” myself or my life.

The past three years have brought up many unresolved issues, emotions to release, and wounds to heal. It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride, and I want to be gentle with myself.

Instead of setting resolutions, I sat lanugo with a simple moleskin periodical and pondered a few questions to create my own happiness this year based on what matters most to me.

I’d like to share shit of this process with you—seven questions—to help you unzip the same in your life. Because, let’s squatter it, we deserve it!

You may grab your periodical or any notebook and a cup of your favorite instillation (mine was a mocha latte), play a music playlist that inspires you, and take some time to reflect upon your life and how you want it to squint and finger like moving forward.

1. What is meaningful to you?

Or, put flipside way, what gives your life meaning right now? I say “right now” considering it can transpiration over time.

My mom and I were reflecting on the past three years the other day, sharing how unrepealable things have lost their importance and meaning while other aspects of our lives have wilt scrutinizingly vital.

Conversation topics, activities, and plane unrepealable relationships are not fulfilling anymore. As we talked, we realized we’ve been grieving them quite painfully for the past couple of years.

For example, I’ve wilt increasingly sensitive, and shallow relationships don’t satisfy me anymore. I want deep and honest conversations and heartful connections. I seek fewer distractions and spend increasingly time in contemplation.

Although transpiration can be painful, it unchangingly opens doors to new horizons. It’s not that nothing has meaning anymore, but that not the same things do, and it’s to us to find what those are.

So, what is meaningful to you right now? Nurture it.

2. What’s your most hair-trigger need?

Last year, I realized the importance of regularly identifying and addressing unmet needs as a form of self-care. So, without experiencing summery to moderate feelings of peepers for several months—and finding repletion in neither meditation nor rainbow baths (nor red wine)—I dug deeper to discover the source of my unhappiness.

The search began with a question: “What do I need (really) right now?”

At that time, I was starving social connections and laughter. Once I became enlightened of it, I started taking the necessary deportment to fulfill those needs and soon felt better.

What’s your most hair-trigger need?

Once you’ve identified it, you could ask yourself, “What’s preventing me from meeting that need today? And how could I start peekaboo to it?”

3. How would you like to finger this year?

In the end, we’re all seeking to finger good. “Good” can come in many flavors, like at peace, alive, or loved. Your favorite savor may transpiration from day to day, but there’s likely one feeling you require increasingly than others in this season of your life.

What is it?

Mine is playful. I’ve been too serious for too long, and my soul is calling for a good laugh.

What well-nigh you?

Once you’ve identified your top one to three feelings, you may ask yourself, “When do I tend to finger that way?” Think of the past week, month, and plane several years, and identify the moments when you experienced those feelings. Try to replicate those moments (or similar ones) increasingly often.

4. What are your top three priorities this year?

Greg McKeown wrote in Essentialism, “If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”

Essentialism, as described in the book, is to do fewer things—the most important ones—and do them better. Less in quantity, increasingly in quality.

It’s well-nigh stuff well-spoken on your priorities and designing your life virtually them. Doing so makes you finger increasingly satisfied and at peace with yourself and your life. You moreover wits less stress and overwhelm considering your life isn’t cluttered with activities that phlebotomize your energy.

So, where do you want to focus most of your sustentation and energy this year? Think of no increasingly than one to three aspects of your life.

If you have difficulty identifying your priorities, flipside question I ask myself every few months is, “If my life came to an end right now, what would I regret not having done, experienced, accomplished, and become?”

Almost every time I reflect on this question, the first wordplay to upspring is “not having attained a higher level of consciousness.” And every time, it reminds me to make increasingly room in my schedule for my spiritual practice rather than filling it up with work. It helps me get my priorities straight.

5. What are your top three goals?

I used to ignore setting well-spoken goals considering having measurable targets to attain made me finger increasingly yellow-eyed than excited. ‘That’s until I realized I was going in circles.

Year without year until my mid-thirties, I found myself in the same place I was the previous year, expressly with my creative projects. I wasn’t making any progress, and it got frustrating.

Eventually, I understood and wonted the value of setting goals: it gives our minds a well-spoken direction to move toward. It helps us to stay focused and stave constantly getting distracted and sidetracked.

As Yogi Berra famously said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”

Setting too many goals is rarely constructive and can finger overwhelming and stressful. However, I find that having three main ones and perhaps a few smaller objectives is a good number.

So, what are your top three goals this year?

6. What are three deportment you’ll take to unzip each of these goals?

That’s the most practical question of the lot, and it invites us to be proactive and think of how we can start tackling those goals.

I’m very “Vata”—the creative personality type of Ayurveda. Vata is heady, gets hands distracted, and constantly changes its mind. It wants to take all paths and often ends up getting nowhere.

Defining my priorities, setting goals, and defining three deportment to start implementation those goals helps me stay focused on what matters and stave wasting time and energy on what doesn’t. Plus, clarity reduces stress, and it’s a powerful remedy to procrastination. You’re increasingly likely to do something if it’s well-spoken in your mind.

What three deportment will you take to tackle your goals for this year?

7. What are twelve new things you want to try, learn, or explore?

Every year, I segregate twelve experiments—things I’m curious to try and explore—one for each month. I started doing this a few years ago, at a time when my life felt sort of smooth and uninspiring.

So far, I have attended a cacao ceremony, had a reading with a medium, tried Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Abundance Meditation challenge, participated in a laughter yoga class, tried ecstatic dancing, had a Quantum Healing Hypnosis session, and experimented with a tuft of other things.

Doing experiments is a unconfined way to discover new interests that could wilt passions. It moreover allows you to meet new people and uncover aspects of yourself—like desires and personality traits—that you didn’t plane know existed. Overall, it makes your life richer!

You just have to pick twelve experiments and assign each to a month of the year. Then, without each experiment, ask yourself, “Did I like it? Do I want to do it again?”

I hope you’ll find value in some of these ideas and that they’ll inspire you to create your own happiness.

May this year bring you experiences that make you come working or requite you increasingly of the feelings your soul craves the most in this season of your life.

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About Emilie Pelletier

Emilie is a certified life mentor and spiritual entrepreneur. She helps people get well-spoken on their purpose, do their life’s work, and pursue their goals and dreams with clarity and confidence. You can get her FREE tools—The Soulful Bucket List Journal, The Blissipline Periodical for Daily Happiness, and The Life Purpose Formula: Get Well-spoken on Your Purpose and Calling—or connect with her through her website.

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