Here’s a quick and easy way to start off the New Year

Here are 5 tips for finding happiness and starting the year off right: May you be blessed 300x300 Here’s a quick and easy way to start off the New Year

1. Enjoying what you have: Ok you didn’t get what you really wanted for Christmas, but I bet you had a wonderful time with the people you love.  Little things really add up and we have a way of overlooking them.  What do you have that you are forgetting to enjoy?

2. Having loving personal relationships: We all have those times when the spouse or partner can be a pain in the neck and the kids are bouncing off the walls!  When you are having those days, just stop and visualize what life would be like if these people that you love weren’t there anymore.   Love is patient and we always need to keep this in mind.  Is your love for others patient?

3. Doing what you love for a living: It’s not what you have to do for a living that counts, but how you react to your work.  Any work can be fun if you look on the positive side of it.  How do you make your work fun?

4. Living in the present: Be fully engaged in what you’re doing and not tormented by the past or anxious about the future. I know that this can be a little hard at times, but trust me it is very important.   Are you losing fun and happiness in the present because you’re worrying about the past or future?

5. A sense of wellbeing that comes from knowing you can handle whatever life throws at you: Everyday life can throw something new at you.  When this happens bring out that sense of humor when needed and tackle one thing at a time, so you can enjoy life and look back and laugh about those bad days.  Have you ever noticed that the sun does come up every morning and you have a band new day to enjoy?

Here is wishing you all a very Happy New year and “May You Be Blessed” in every way!


P.S. Would appreciate your answers to my questions in the 5 tips.  Just leave them in the comment box below.

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  1. Dear Debbie –

    You would think that after raising four boys – the first three only four years apart in total – I would revel in my blissful loneliness.

    Everyone was here for Christmas – they are all gone – land I will tell you that the silence is killing me.

    No one to cater to or cook for but me.

    Enjoy all the confusion and mess. You will miss it when it is gone.
    .-= Corinne Edwards´s last blog ..A WOMAN WITHOUT A MAN – MOMENTS =-.

    • Hi Corinne,

      I am happy that you had all the boys home for Christmas, however I do understand about the silence. When my parents were around and I would go home for Christmas before leaving I would ask my mother if I could help her pick up. She would always tell me no, because she wanted something to do after we left, because of an empty house.

      If i were you I would probably turn on some music, so I did have some noise in the house. You are very good at writing Corinne, so we would love to hear about your great Christmas and the happiness that it brought you on a blog post. I do agree with you when we have that empty nest we do need to enjoy the confusion and mess when we have it.

      Thanks for stopping by and hang in there as I always tell myself, “This to shall past.”
      Sincerely xoxo

  2. Hi Debbie,
    Your fifth point really speaks to me. Life does throw curve balls. Once we get over the shock and disappointment, all that’s left is to find the silver lining. There always is one even if it takes a while to show itself.

    Happy New Year!
    .-= Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny´s last blog ..The Importance of Learning How To Fall =-.

    • Hi Cheryl and Happy New Year. You are right, when those curve balls come, there is always a silver lining and something better waiting for us. Sometimes all we have to have is a little patients.

      May 2011 be a wonderful year for you with lots of blessings,

  3. I really do enjoy my work and what I do. Sure it’s hard a lot of the time, long hours and occasionally lonely but it’s something I’m thankful for every day.

    Wishing you a wonderful 2011!
    .-= Joel @ Blog Solutions´s last blog ..How To Make An Income On Your Blog =-.

    • Hi Joel,
      Being thankful is very important. Those long hours can be worth it in the long run, because later we feel a sense of pride and accomplishment and it makes it all worth ever minute.
      May you find many blessing in 2011.

  4. Hi Debbie,

    I think I’m gonna start my new year with full of gratitude and a loving relationship. I can’t wait for the New Year to come. ;)
    .-= Raymond Chua´s last blog ..Meaning of Angry =-.

    • Hi Raymond and I am with you, I can’t wait for this New Year to get started. I have learned many things in 2010 and now it is time to put them to use.

      You sure are on the right track being full of gratitude and having a loving relationships. It is going to be a wonderful new year for you.
      Happy New Year,

  5. Debbie,

    Since leaving the corporate world I must say I really love and appreciate what I have.

    When working in the corporate world I was much more materialistic – wanting fancy cars, the latest gadgets etc. Working long, long hours and hardly seeing the family.

    Now…while working from home, my outlook on life has completely changed. I have time and the freedom to do the things I want to do…go to the gym, have lunch out, see friends, meeting new people.

    Let’s hope it continues that way.

    Have a great 2011.

    .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Blogging Little Crackers- Me! =-.

    • Hi Andrew,

      Loving and appreciating what you have is winning the battle. I believe it is really cool how we can really find ourselves when we are doing what we love and get away from all the wanting of the material things in life and learn to enjoy the moment and people.

      Andrew with your talents there is no reason that things should change for you, other then getting better.

      Wishing you a very Happy New Year

  6. Hi Debbie,

    These are great tips. I like the “love your job” portion. I like the people I work with but I don’t like my job. This year I plan to find the positive things I love about my job and also pursue my dreams of being an entrepreneur and owning my own business.

    You’re right about being too focused on the future also… While thinking about the future makes me smile, I do have live in the present and enjoy the things I have now.

    Excellent post, Debbie!

    • Hi Elmer,

      Sounds like a great plan for the new year. Dreams can always become reality when we have a desire and passion. Good luck with your owning your own business and we will see you at the top.

      We can always think about the future and our goals, the key is not losing site of the present. You are definitely on the right track. Keep it up.

      Bless you and have a very wonderful new year,

  7. Hi Debbie,

    Very nice list to start the year off. Living in the present is crucial as it helps us avoid worry and have peace of mind. Enjoying what we have and being thankful for what we have is crucial. The more we give gratitude and pray, the happier we get. Thanks for sharing
    .-= Dia´s last blog ..Happy New Year =-.

    • Hi Dia,

      Thank you for the kind words. Sorry I am slow in answering this, just been so busy, but it is time to have some fun with work and enjoy all these new people I am meeting with my blog.

      You are right “The more we give gratitude and pray, the happier we get.” Have a wonderful New Year,

  8. Hi Debbie,

    I don’t think I am forgetting to enjoy anything; I am content with what I have. I don’t always communicate that well enough though, so I think I should make sure my boys know every day that I’m glad they’re here. Thanks for the reminder!!

    • Hi Amy,
      You are welcome. I have found myself that kids to grow up quickly and you have to enjoy them while they are there. I do have to admit it is nice when they grow up. It is very important to those little ones to know how much they are loved and needed. Have a wonderful week!

  9. Hi Debbie

    Happy New Year. Love the post. Living in the present is so important. The past is gone, and the future is still to come, so the present is NOW.

    Should enjoy it and appreciate our family are friends who are with us in the present. too late when they are not with us anymore.

    Really enjoyable post. Hope your 2011 is all you plan and more Debbie. I have a few new plans for my blog. Will be publishing my first newsletter, which I have been wanting to do for some time.

    A techie friend has set it up for me, so although progress isn’t as fast as many other bloggers, it’s all coming together and I’m excited about what 2011 has for this amazing blogging community I am now so much a part of.

    Patricia Perth Australia
    .-= Patricia@lavenderuses´s last blog ..At Lavenderuses Safety First Means… =-.

    • Hi Patricia,

      So good to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the post. I always remind myself that the past is to learn from and the present to enjoy.

      Your new plans for your blog sound great and I know that you will be very successful with it. I am going to change mine a little and work more on the relationship part. Good relationships are what makes us happy, so i feel there is a need. Hope Andrew can put up with me through this change. lol

      I am like you when it comes to the technical stuff. It is ok to need help in some area’s of life.

      Wishing you a very Happy New Year,

  10. I very much like no. 4, living in the present (although they are all good). We waste so much time and energy worrying about the future and dwelling on the past. Lets enjoy the here and now.
    .-= David Rogers@self confidence´s last blog ..People are Awesome =-.

    • Hi David,

      Yes you are right, people do waste to much time on the past and worrying about the future. The past is there to learn from and the future will be there when we get there. You have a wonderful New Year and thanks for stopping by.

  11. I agree 100%, Doing what you love, loving others that love you back, and just being OK with life are all you need to get you to peace and “happiness”.

  12. Happy New Year Debbie, enjoyed your posts very much and look forward to reading more in this new year! No.3 is the one I need to work on and not be affected by office politics and reorganisational changes. Otherwise all good :) Val

  13. New Year, new life to start off. We are always believers of starting over again and live life positively. We are always looking forward to be a better person for yourself and for others. I love the first one, enjoying what you have. When you find enjoyment on what you have or what you are doing, you will be able to view the world on its finest and everything will follow.

    • Yes, enjoying what you already have and what you do will lead to happiness day after day. Thanks for stopping by and may you be blessed with happiness all year long.

  14. Hi Debbie,

    All of us need new things to start off this New Year, a new life, a new challenge. And yes, you are right when you said that enjoying what you have will lead to happiness. I’m so grateful that I was blessed with a wonderful child and a loving husband that brings color and happiness into my life.

    • Hi Michelle,

      Love your attitude. That is what makes for happiness. Appreciating the wonderful people we have in our lives. I like the way you say it, “Brings color and happiness into my life.” Great way to look at love and happiness. Thank you
      Have a happy day and may you be blessed,

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