Working toward and attaining goals gives you a sense of accomplishment. Imagine the pride you will feel a few months from now when you are doing something you never thought possible. Since there is a link between happiness and health, reaching your goals can actually improve your mood and your emotional health.
Giving thought to the amount of time needed when goal setting is important. Long-term goals stretch across months and, in some cases, years. Short-term goals, things that can be accomplished over a few days or weeks, can lead to completing a bigger goal. Often, multiple short-term goals can serve as a sequence of successful steps along the way.
Take some time to think about how you feel toward your progress on your physical, emotional, social, and academic goals so far. Are you happy with where you are in a given category? If so, your goal will probably be designed to keep you moving and growing in the right direction. Are there any areas where you are unhappy with your current status? If that's the case, those goals will be very important to help you move in a direction to improve your health and happiness.