By now I’m sure you’ve all heard that change is a good thing. We should embrace it. But we always seem to want to fight it.
It’s scary to be in situations we aren’t familiar with. And we often dread the worst. I’m always worrying that a change will be worse than whatever position I’m currently in. The next apartment will have less friendly neighbors. The next job will have a worse commute. There’s something about not knowing what’s coming that makes us resist change at all. Even if we’re in a bad situation, at least we know what the problems are. If we try to improve the situation, we don’t know what problems that new situation will bring. So naturally, it’s better to stay where it’s familiar. Even if we aren’t as happy as we could be.
We all feel like this from time to time. But change really is beneficial.
If you need convincing, here’s the top 3 reasons why change is a good thing:
1. We learn.
Being in new situations teaches us about those situations and about ourselves. If our surroundings or ways of doing things didn’t change every once in a while, what new things would there be for us to learn?
2. We grow.
When we learn, we grow. We benefit from new experiences (even those that did not work out as well as we had hoped). And when we’re out of our comfort zone, we are challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally. That’s where we can work to reach our true potential.
3. We don’t get bored.
How can we be bored if we’re being challenged? Sometimes it feels good just to know we are trying something new. Even something as simple as a new haircut can make us feel good. I tend to get bored of my hair and end up wearing the same bun over and over again. A new haircut keeps me into trying new hairstyles.
Switching up our lifestyle can have the same effect. The best part is that when we’re not bored, we’re more likely to be happier!
I’m always trying to remind myself to welcome change. I wouldn’t be living in an apartment with my supportive boyfriend and the cutest puppy in the world if I didn’t decide to make the move out of my parents’ house. Not only have I learned so much about myself and about life in general, I’ve also grown more than I probably realize right now. I’m far from bored, and I’m happier than I’ve been in quite a while. So, the adventures can’t stop here. I know more opportunities are right around the corner!
How have you benefited from change? What would you add to this list? Keep the discussion going in the comments below! And don’t forget to subscribe for weekly Think Happie emails!
Categories: Mental Health