Posted by: 2in10 | 01/05/2012

resolutions

2012 has arrived and every publication you pick up has an article on New Year’s resolutions — best ones to make, how to keep them, what not to promise, why we can’t keep our resolutions.

One of the simplest articles, this one in USA Weekend December 30, 2011 – January 1, 2012, has an article that caught my eye: “Let Your Resolutions Make You Happy” by Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project.”

Ms. Rubin says she loves resolutions.  She recommends we make our resolutions concrete and manageable. Then she says, “Think of resolutions to bring feeling good into your life: more joy, enthusiasm, energy. Or resolutions to ease feeling bad: less anger, guilt, boredom.”

To achieve these goals, she advises:

Go outside. Read manuals. Have holiday breakfasts. Sniff. Don’t “treat” yourself. Jump.

She is referring to getting sunlight, best done early in the morning. Take advantage of written introductions to complex modern devices. Celebrate minor holidays — less work, more pleasure. Smell the roses, or the fresh laundry, or the cat’s warm fur. Do some jumping jacks and skipping, anything that elevates you will make your heart sing.

Go outside, sniff and jump. I like those.

All the best in 2012,

Carolyn

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