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  • 55 simple ways to make this new year your best ever

  • You may be surprised at how simple it is to have the best year of your life. Try these suggestions and reap the rewards.

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These suggestions are not resolutions, they are simply ideas to consider adopting into your routine. They can be easily incorporated into your everyday life. They are the kind of actions that will bring peace and contentment to you and brighten the lives of others around you.
1. Greet God every morning with a prayer of gratitude
2. Smile more at loved ones and strangers
3. Be kind while driving, and forgive others when they are inconsiderate of you
4. Listen to more music that uplifts you
5. Read the comics section of the newspaper
6. Watch just enough news to be informed, but not so much that you become burdened with it
7. Give people the benefit of the doubt, and assume they are struggling with their own problems
8. Forgive someone who has offended you
9. Forgive yourself for mistakes you've made
10. Call your mom and dad and tell them you love them
11. Call your sister and tell her you're thinking of her
12. Call your brother and ask how he's doing
13. Tell your boss you appreciate the opportunity to work for her/him
14. Compliment a co-worker
15. Be grateful you have a job and notice the things you like about it
16. Give a stranger a compliment while standing in line
17. Tell a struggling young mother that you admire her patience
18. Tell the parents of a baby that their little one is adorable
19. Pay for a single mom's meal at lunch time—anonymously
20. Pay your bills on time and feel the relief
21. Thank the mail person for delivering your mail
22. Breathe deeply and feel the renewal it brings
23. Eat more vegetables
24. Eat more fruit—try some new ones
25. Drink more water
26. Read a few passages from your Bible before going to sleep
27. Go to church
28. Memorize a passage of scripture that particularly uplifts you
29. Memorize the first and last verses of the national anthem
30. Fly the flag on national holidays and be grateful for a great nation
31. Plan a weekend getaway with your spouse, and follow through
32. Surprise your spouse with his or her favorite candy bar
33. Tell your husband you think he is still heart-throbbing handsome, or your wife that she's still drop-dead gorgeous
34. Read a story to your children
35. Kiss your kids goodnight and tell them you love them
36. Listen to your teenager as he or she babbles on about what matters to her
37. Go to a game or concert where your child or grandchild is participating
38. Praise your child for something he or she did well
39. Tell your mother what a terrific grandchild she has, within ear shot of that child
40. Thank your child's teachers for all they do
41. Visit a sick neighbor
42. Take a simple meal to a homebound neighbor, then stay and eat with them
43. Give blood to the Red Cross
44. Read a good book and recommend it to friends who also might enjoy it.
45. Watch a funny movie and enjoy a few belly laughs
46. Write in your journal—it's therapeutic
47. Apologize to someone in your family you may have offended
48. Send an email of gratitude to a public servant, your local fire department or police force
49. Tell someone in the military that you appreciate their service
50. Take a walk and notice what a beautiful world we live in
51. Recognize yourself as good person and stop being so hard on yourself
52. Snuggle with your spouse every chance you get
53. Tell your husband that you love him, or your wife that you love her
54. Thank your spouse for the little things he/she does for you
55. Say a prayer each night and thank God for all He does for you
When you make a habit of these suggestions, you are bound to have the best year you've had in a long time. 2017 may well be your happiest year ever.
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