I will be the first to admit that 2015 has been a year full of ups and downs… When looking at the tragic events all over the world, this New Year was bittersweet. It was filled with relief that this year could mark the end of all that sadness, hate, and division. It was filled with hope for a more united world and the end to war. It was filled with gratitude, happiness, and feelings of accomplishment for everything that I achieved the past year. It was filled with feelings of uncertainty about what’s to come and where life will lead me. Unlike any other year, 2015 marked the first time I felt like there weren’t enough hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a year.
Although things were changing, I felt like I was stuck; like the world was moving backwards, like history was repeating itself. Despite all of this, 2016 is a new beginning. Anything can happen; you can achieve, succeed, and improve your life, and the life of others.
The best people… The most successful people I know are also the kindest and the happiest, those who can find glimmers of hope in every crack and corner. So my New Year’s resolution is quite simple… Celebrate happiness and love, every single day, for the next 365 days of 2016. Generally speaking, I am quite positive, but everyone has good days and bad. By making a point to recognize moments of kindness and happiness, I truly believe a shift will happen in the number of happy days you have. When you improve your outlook, all other aspects of your life, whether that is personal or professional, will also improve. I encourage all of you reading this post to make this one of your resolutions too.
I’m sure many of you have heard of the Happiness Jar, or have seen people post pictures of these jars on Tumblr, Pinterest or Instagram. It’s a great way to keep track of all the great memories you will create this year and it’s also a very simple DIY project! All you need is a mason jar and some pieces of paper! Every day, for the next year, write down one happy thought, experience, moment or memory on a piece of paper (I’m going to be using post it notes). At the end of the year, you will have 365 reasons to be happy and 365 memories to look back on. It will give you the opportunity to really be thankful for everything you’ve accomplished. It will make you excited to start a new year and continue to make these great memories. I am sure; it will also help you become a happier, more positive person along the way.