Tips For A Happy New Year…..

Tips For A Happy New Year…..

Here’s Something New To Feel Good About Today!

What to feel a lot happier this new year? One way I’ve found that works for me is to create the habit of focusing on and appreciating the good. That means being aware of my thoughts and adjusting them throughout my day. Every time I judge a situation or person in some negative way I make the conscious effort to let go of that thought and replace it with something positive. Try it and see how over time it might work for you.

A friend emailed these five simple rules to creating happiness, along with a short, very poignant story. Most of us forget that attitude is everything and it’s up to us to focus on the good in order to find joy. Today I found myself complaining to a friend. Reading these simple rules quickly reminded me to let go of anything that does not serve me, to give whatever I can to someone else today, even if it’s just a smile or a kind word, and most of all to appreciate all the good that abounds in my life…
I hope passing on this message helps you to find and feel more happiness in your heart today and everyday of the new year.

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

Emotional Bank Account For Happiness

A 92-year-old, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o ‘ clock, shaved perfectly with his hair combed and even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

‘I love it,’ he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; ‘ Just wait. ‘ That doesn’t ‘ have anything to do with it,’ he replied.

Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. ‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up.

I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.
So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!

Always remember the five simple rules to be happy.

“Find Something To Feel Good About Everyday!”


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  2. Annmarie Tait /

    Wow what a great story and perfect for the month we celebrate Thanksgiving!!! This little story is a perfect starting point for this beautiful Sunday morning and every morning that follows. Thanks for posting such and simple little story that packs such a powerful punch.

    Annie Tait

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My passion has always been storytelling whether that involves writing or imagery. Following this passion, I built a 20-year career licensing my unique hand painted illustrations and product designs to renowned companies in the gift, paper, and home décor categories. My clients include Waterford Wedgwood, Tiffany & Co., George Caspari, Shurman Fine Papers, Block China, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Cartier, Shaw Living, Stephen Lawrence, and many more. To view samples of my artwork, just go to Now, my passion has taken me to blogging, compiling, and sharing stories of people who in their own small way have made a difference in someone’s life; stories that have the amazing ability to reawaken our senses to experience everything that is and can be good in the world and connect us with each other.

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