Whether good riddance 2014 or ‘here is to many more happy moments’ it’s always great to mark the end of one year and the start of another. Hopefully your heads are not too sore though however you spent it!
Facebook on New Year’s Eve floods with statuses of reflections of our years and the well wishes for the year ahead. Reflection is a key process to move forward and the best time to mark that is the end of a year, an era. What often stands out is the struggles we face, we all have a tendency to highlight these aspects of our lives as they are often the ones that affect us the most (you’re not alone: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/your-money/why-people-remember-negative-events-more-than-positive-ones.html?pagewanted=all). Each year comes with it’s set of trials and tribulations; it’s how you deal with those testing times and come out the other end. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always easy and often it does take time to process and move on from these trying times, particularly as we get older. But it is the struggles as well as the strengths that develop and enrich our lives. Try and use these experiences of 2014 to direct you down the path you want to follow; use the skills you developed to overcome the challenging times.
If you want to come to the end of 2015 and be able to focus on the more positive aspects of the year, why not start a happiness jar: account for all the minutiae, grand, surprises, occasions and/or any moment to cherish on a note and pop it in a jar. Then come 31st of December 2015, read back over your year in a more positive light.
‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’. Eleanor Roosevelt.
Welcome 2015 and Happy New Year to you all.