Is this Your “Happy” New Year?

Make it HAPPY!

Make it HAPPY!

It’s January 4th so you’ve probably heard “Happy New Year” numerous times over the last few days.  We tend to say those words without giving them a lot of thought. But do you know what you need to do in 2010 for it to be a happy year for you?

When coming up with new year’s resolutions, it’s important to consider why they are meaningful to you. What’s the motivation for starting a program of going to the gym three times a week, losing 10 pounds over the next two months, finally beginning that book, or signing up for the art class? The bigger the motivation (i.e. a passion versus a weak desire or a “should”), the more likely you will be to achieve your goal. 

Ultimately, it’s about being happy, finding life satisfaction. I know, for example, that doing yoga brings me happiness. I don’t always feel like spending the time in my practice but since one of my passions is being extremely healthy well into old age, I am spurred on to make the effort. Were that not the case, I would probably be rather ho-hum about the frequency and amount of time I spent doing yoga.

So what is it that’s going to make you happy this year? Come up with a list, pick two or three and decide on one action that you can take within the next few days to move you closer to that “Happy New Year.”

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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