A baker's dozen of things we all probably know... and often forget to practice...
1. ) Keep on learning, it stimulates thought and keeps mental facilities strong. Ask questions. Inquiry and curiosity bring us new perspective, new opportunities to experience joy. Or, as Rita Mae Brown wrote on the importance of education: "Put your money in your head; no one can steal it from you there."
2.) Pause to observe common things for their beauty. Winter light is precious, as is the beauty of a sunset, the flight of birds. Take a few moments to look around you, to step outside the monkey mind of your thoughts, and become aware of your unified field of experience.
3.) Actively engage on a regular basis in things that make you feel good and are good for you. Sing, dance, watch cloud formations, Draw, knit, or build bird houses. Make it a priority to make time for whatever it is that floats your boat, and do it.
4.) Celebrate your successes and your failures. How we deal with failure often determines our successes. Did you learn anything from your mistakes? If you struggle with this one, maybe you want to go back and read number 1 again.
5.) Love and accept yourself. Anything else just makes the journey harder. Just because someone important criticized you in the past does not mean you are obliged to continue the tradition.
6.) Move your body, shake your energy. Engage in yoga or walk on the beach, climb a mountain, ride a bike, dance.
7.) Move your face -- Smile! Take advantage of every opportunity to do it! Smile at people. Make them wonder what you have been up to.
8.) Be creative. Conjure some goals and visions that you work toward without attachment to what you think the outcome should look like. Allow things to evolve and manifest in your creative mind and hands.
9.) Remember that we all drive different vehicles at different times in our life. Be willing to recognize when it is time to let go and move on with recognition that all things are impermanent.
10.) Trust yourself. Listen to your intuition and learn to use all of your inner wisdom. Meditate, pray, dream.
11.) Practice loving kindness and forgiveness towards self and others. Consciously choose compassion and acceptance instead of judgement.
12.) Inhibit and redirect your thoughts when they fall prey to old happiness reducing habits. Probably should put this sentence after each one of the others.
13.)Be grateful every day.
May you have a magnificent year.