Goals, motivation and happiness

Summer and vacation might still be around for some of us, but soon work awaits. One of the things that can help you ease the transition between the relaxed summer days and the more structured work life is to set clear goals for yourself. Research has shown that people who set goals for themselves are more motivated compared to people who do not set their own goals, and furthermore that there is a link between goal-achievement and happiness (e.g. Locke or Brunstein). However, it is important to acknowledge that it is not only the end-goal that counts – any progress along the way will create positive emotions that in turn will enhance our motivation to act.

Thus, investing some of our time to try to claify what we want to achieve, both in our personal life as well as in our working life, will hopefully make it enjoyable to get back to the daily routines.