I need something to look forward to. I always have. But especially this year. Above is a picture of our second snow of the week, in April. Yes, April. I need something to get through the snow, the monotony of parent life, and the grind of daily life in general. I’d give anything to have something to look forward to and get excited about.
We wait far too long for that once-a-year vacation or that special event. It just isn’t enough. Or perhaps it might be enough, but being successful is not about having just enough—it’s about abundance and happiness.
Life can get us down in more ways than one, and one way to get through our troubles is by having something to look forward to. By looking ahead, we’re looking onward and upward towards our future, and we remind ourselves that better times are coming.
Many experts agree that one of the keys to happiness is having something to look forward to. Anticipating something fun means that you get to enjoy the happy experience for longer. If you want to work on enjoying life more, there are steps you can take. Work on making future plans that you will enjoy and focus on cultivating a sense of anticipation. Watch for small pleasures in your day-to-day life so you can have something to look forward to on otherwise average days. Lastly, try to work on having a spontaneous spirit. If you’re able to loosen up and not stick to a rigid schedule, you’ll encounter more opportunities for fun and pleasure throughout the day.
While living in the present is a very beneficial thing-sometimes the present can feel a bit annoying, frustrating, tedious, or intolerable. When we find ourselves in those “less than ideal” present moments, having something to look forward to in the future can give us the motivation and persistence to keep moving forward.
A healthy amount of anticipation implies a future reward-and in general, rewards can be very powerful motivators in life, especially in behavioral psychology. The key idea is that by creating new rewards in your life or by actively searching for things to look forward to, you can build more discipline and motivation in any area of your life where you are lacking. We can anticipate small and large rewards. Both kinds of rewards can be healthy way to build anticipation and motivation in our lives.
So, I am going to make a list of things that I can look forward to in the coming spring and summer. I’m starting with a much needed pedicure, a beach day, a camping trip weekend, at least one summer concert, exploring a new town in Maine, Cinco de Mayo party, bbq with friends and who knows what else. This Suburban Goddess Mom is back in the business of having things to look forward to. Yay!