It’s good to look forward
The holiday of a lifetime, a gig, a day out with friends, or even just a new episode of your favourite TV programme. It doesn’t matter what it is, we all like something to look forward to.
These little (or large) rewards give us something to work towards, and sometimes they can be the very reason we work at all. Future treats can motivate and even help us to get through challenging times if we know there’s something to look forward to at the end of it.
Finding time to plan ahead can sometimes be difficult, especially if you’ve got a lot going on. But planning even small things to look forward to can be really beneficial. And the science is there to back this up too.
Some psychologists believe that having something to look forward to can be good for our wellbeing. The feeling of anticipation we have when looking forward to something can harness positivity. One such study went even further, suggesting that in some cases, the anticipation of looking forward to something can even outweigh the feeling of looking back on the event itself.
As well as being good for your wellbeing, planning ahead can also save you money. Early bird tickets for events like gigs and shows are usually cheaper, and making firm plans can save you scrambling around at the last minute trying to find something to do. It can potentially save you wasting time and money on things you might not enjoy too.
So why not take this opportunity to plan ahead and give yourself something to look forward to? You might just thank yourself later.
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