The count down is on – three more days and the New Year will be here! I don’t know about you, but I for one don’t spend much time thinking about New Year’s resolutions. I might pick one thing I want to focus on and in 2011 it was happiness! I started the year off by reading Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project and made myself a promise to “work” at being happier. According to Gretchen there are things we can do to create more happiness in our lives. I tried some of her suggestions but then decided that I would find my own path to happiness. As the year passed I found myself more aware of what created happiness in my life. A few key things that I am certain increased my happiness quotient this year are:
Peace in my relationships with my husband, children, family and friends. It takes work but it pays dividends!
Getting off the couch and getting regular exercise – walking is my new sport of choice!
Getting involved with a cause I believe in – Art for Cancer http://artforcancerfoundation.org
Making art! Any day is a good day when I create something!
Spending time alone, or in the company of my dog Jessie.
Saying yes to new challenges like biking, hiking and riding horses even when my mind and body agree: “this is going to hurt afterwards.”
Writing for this blog! I could never have guessed that I would enjoy writing as a creative outlet!
Writing letters to my children! See my October 24, 2011 blog post Letters from my Mother for why you might want to consider doing this.
Rediscovering meditation – the ultimate gateway to happiness!
So rather than thinking about resolutions for 2012, I will ring in the New Year enjoying the happiness that I have right now. And that I believe creates more happiness than losing 10 pounds!
Wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year!
p.s. if you want to know the one thing I will focus on for 2012, you will have to read about it in January!