If not anything else, ace these 5 basic life skills in 2020 to be your best happy self. YAY!

Updated on:16 January 2020, 18:40pm IST
Make 2020 your 'happy year'. Indulge in activities and skills that can not only bring out the best in you, but can also get your happy hormones rolling.
Deeksha Sarin
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Origami can produce a calming effect on your brain. GIF courtesy: GIPHY

If you’re looking to make your 2020 most fulfilling, happiest year yet, start by making your inner self happy. Wondering how you can do so? Well, the answer is pretty simple.

Just learn a skill that you have never tried before and watch your confidence and happiness level shoot up to another level. No, we aren’t even kidding.
Your mental wellness may have taken a backseat in 2019 and it’s totally okay, girl.

Life is a roller-coaster and you must get back like a champ to keep your zeal intact.

Now that 2020 is here–and half of January has gone by–it’s high time that you channelize that ‘New Year, new me’ energy in the right direction. Moreover, what better time to start learning a new skill than right now? So let’s start, shall we?

Also read: 5 dos and don’ts of making New Year’s resolutions in 2020 that’ll guarantee success

1. Learn a new language
Learning a new language might be good for your social skills or resume but it can actually contribute in making you happy as well!

A 2010 study, published in American Journal of Public Health, found that bilingual children experience less anxiety, low self-esteem, loneliness and sadness. Yes, it’s that effective.

So, pick up the language of your choice and get yourself enrolled in a language school RN!

2. Learn to play a new music instrument
Be it listening to music or playing an instrument, music has sure become one of the most widely accepted de-stress mantras and for all the right reasons.

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It works as a therapy. How, you ask? Well, according to a study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, playing a musical instrument can have a dramatic impact on enhancing your memory and boosting confidence.

3. Learn the art of mindful origami
Bring out the kid in you! Yes, we mean it. It’s time to twist and mould those origami sheets as they may now help in kicking the ‘happy hormone’ in you.

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding, which has been shown to encourage mindfulness and creativity.

This mindful art helps you be more ‘present’ and acts as a therapy for many.

4. Learn to plan a trip by yourself
Whether you want to unwind and head out for a weekend getaway or drive far away to the woods for a chillaxed vacay–do it by yourself. And by that, we mean, ALL by yourself.

Be it managing the expenses, making the hotel reservations or arranging for your daily meals, learn to plan a trip by yourself as it will help you feel more independent, making you feel happy.

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Head out for a road trip by planning it yourself. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Learn a life skill you’ve been neglecting so far
Give yourself a motivational benchmark to start conquering your biggest fears this year. Be it something as basic as driving a car or learning how to swim–move out of your comfort zone and take the final plunge.

So, make 2020 your happy place and tick off these five things from your checklist right away

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Deeksha Sarin Deeksha Sarin

An eccentric foodie and a die-hard falooda lover, Deeksha loves riding scooty in search of good street food! Being a full-grown adult, she is shamelessly addicted to stationary and all-things cutesy. Excellent in making spontaneous plans in town and abroad, she is perpetually bitten by the travel bug.