self-september-2011

Self Magazine

Media: Magazine

Date: September 1, 2011

Do You Need a Five-Year Plan?

“If you don’t devise a plan, you may end up living by default—letting things happen to you, instead of making them happen,” says Caroline Adams Miller, author of Creating Your Best Life. “To become happier in a lasting way, you need to keep working toward meaningful goals,” adds Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., author of The How of Happiness. Notice she says work toward them rather than achieve them. It’s not all about setting goals, attaining them and—voilà!—you’re thrilled. It’s about the joy of striving. “When we hit a milestone, the good vibes don’t usually last. We adapt,” Lyubomirsky says. The fact that humans don’t stay satisfied makes evolutionary sense: “Dreaming up new challenges keeps giving us hits of happiness,” she says. READ ARTICLE