My students often roll their eyes when I tell them (again!) how important it is for them to go have adventures when they have free time. It can be very stressful living in a new place, using a new language, and being away from friends and family. It often seems that going out and doing new things will only add to that stress. However, science and my own experience show repeatedly that adventure enriches your life, and makes everything in it more possible and more enjoyable. It’s true that it can be expensive to do new things, but if you commit yourself to trying something, you will usually find a way to make it possible. Perhaps you can’t travel the world, but you can join a travel group and enjoy the photos and adventures of other travellers, or you can join Couchsurfing and meet or host travellers from around the world. Before the New Year begins, make 3 promises to yourself for 2015, to do something that will bring you great joy.