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by Laura Deming


1. Set definite goals. You won’t get there if you don’t know where you’re going. Set goals and structure your time to help you follow through on them. Life rewards action.

2. Take care of your health. Be mindful of the care and feeding you give your body. It’s a cliché but true: don’t take your health for granted. Treasure it and find active ways to nurture it.

3. Respond positively to life. Your brain believes you. What you tell it impacts every minute of your day, and what you tell it is a choice; choose wisely. There are so many things in life that are completely out of your control, but your image of yourself, your thoughts, actions and reactions are all completely within your control.                                                                         

4. Reach out and help others. Take care of yourself first, then give back and give to others with an open heart. The more caring and compassionate you can be, the richer your life will be.  

5. Be your own cheerleader. Throughout the year, applaud your efforts and celebrate your successes. Learn from your failures, but don’t dwell on them. Be as kind and generous in what you say to yourself as you would be to the person you love most in the world.

6. Smile. Studies have shown that our facial expressions affect how we feel. Try frowning, then smiling, and notice the difference. It’s simple but it works; the mere act of smiling can make you feel happier. Smiling is also a gift to others, because the people you smile at will feel happier too.

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