1. Count Your Blessings of the past year. Do a year end accounting of the good times. Make a list.
Sure, last year was filled with a lot of things to complain about. All you need to do is read a daily newspaper (or news on the web) to know the world is full of unhappy things. People even complain about their new year’s resolutions that they’re not looking forward to fulfilling.
But, if you think about it, you’ll find that there is plenty to be grateful for in your life. If you’re reading these words, I already know that you’re alive, you have communications skills and computer access. With those attributes alone, you have the ability to get a job or start an online business. And there’s a great deal of free information on the web that tells you how to do those things with tools that are also free. So there are some blessings to be happy about right in those simple facts.
Why not go into the new year with a list of happy, hopeful attributes to celebrate?
2. To-Don’t List of things learned from past year. Continuing in the vein of positive thinking about what remains from last year, do an accounting of “lessons learned.”
George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Look over the mistakes of the past year. Think about what you’ve learned from them that can help you be more successful in the new year.
3. Send Cards. Send e-mail cards and/or real cards with wishes for a happy new year. They don’t have to be on the day. The sooner, the better, but, any time within the first month of the year will do.
Send them to the people you want to be part of your life and support system in the coming year. Write some messages in them that celebrate shared good times or good fortunes of the past year or those you hope to share in the coming year.
The biggest blessings you have in your life are the people who support you. Do something to recognize and celebrate them. They include your family and friends, of course, and also others who regularly support you in many ways throughout the year.
How about thanking your mail carrier for his service? Or your employees? A little tip for the doorman, nestled in a Happy New Year Card (if you haven’t already done this for Christmas.) You know the little appreciative niceties that most people like who’ve been of service to you. Remember the folks that aren’t on your Christmas list but who deserve to be thanked. The new year is a perfect time for doing this. They’ll remember your thoughtfulness all year long.