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Look for the good this year

Posted December 31, 2014 in Advice Column, Urbandale

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  The time of year when we feel as though we have to turn over a new leaf.  Traditionally, New Year’s Day is been tagged as the ideal time to kick start a new phase in your life and the time when we must make your all important new year’s resolution.  Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way.  A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions.  While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.   However, it’s important to remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a stimulus for enormous character changes.  It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes.


Don’t set yourself up for failure.  Start small –  Don’t have your list of New  Year’s Resolutions be as long as your holiday shopping list.  This only creates stress before you even get started.  Make resolutions that you think you can keep.  If you want to set of goal of more exercise, begin with three or four days rather than seven.  Don’t beat yourself up for the little slips.  Perfection is unattainable.  Remember that minor set -backs when reaching your goals are completely normal.   It happens to most of us.


I recently came across a poem titled Look for the Good.  I would challenge you to put Looking for the Good at the top of your list for New Years’ resolutions.


Look for the Good

In the New Year, let’s resolve

To get less stressed, upset, anxious

About things over which we have no control.

Lets have a narrower focus on our lives,

loving and helping our family and friends,

making our community a better place to live,

to create peace and contentment.

In the New Year, let’s resolve

to pay less attention to depressing stories

on TV, in magazines and newspapers,

and to stop focusing on what we want

that we haven’t got, instead of appreciating

the many blessings we do have.

In the New Years, let’s look for the good.

We may have to search

Through a mass of negative media,

But the good is there

All around us.

I wish for you a New Year filled with good,

engulfed in serenity and happiness!

By Joanna Fuchs

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