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7 Ways To Live Happier With Better Short-Term Goals

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Do you want to be a happier on a daily basis? If so, then you need to focus on short-term goals rather than long-term goals.

Short-term goals are goals that focus on the immediate future. They focus on today, this week, or this month. They have long been neglected as the unsexy stepchild of “real” goals, but they are, in fact, the guide to a better, happier life.

Here are 7 ways to live happier with better short-term goals:

1. Use short-term goals to improve your quality of life 

Why do you have goals at all?

If you are like most people, you ultimately want to improve your quality of life. You hope that goals are the right tools for the job. This hope is justified – if you rely on short-term goals rather than long-term goals.

Have you ever achieved a long-term goal and thought, “Is that all I get? What now? Has my life changed?” This disenchantment is the result of a mental bias that psychologists call focalism. We focus so heavily on our long-term goals that we think we will be perfectly happy when we achieve them – but we won’t.

When we reach a long-term goal, all the other troubles in our lives remain. A promotion does little to solve our loneliness, and a new relationship is unable to fix our financial problems. These remaining problems reduce the happiness that we gain from the achievement and prevent the intended state of perfect bliss.

Unfortunately, focalism often leads us to sacrifice short-term pleasures. We accept bad days, months, and years to chase what we hope can bring perfect happiness, but it is a mirage. When the expected payoff fails to come about, we become depressed.

Short-term goals work better for our mental process. They help us to make the best of every day, and eventually, a long string of happy days will connect to a happy life.

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2. Use short-term goals to define better long-term goals

Do you sometimes feel pressured by large long-term goals?

Fortunately, the right short-term goals help you set better, less intimidating long-term goals.

When you want to become a millionaire in the next five years, today has to