Happy New Year to all you wonderful people. I hope your year is successful, however you define that word.
It’s tempting to launch into the usual resolutions – lose weight, get fitter, save money, find love, blah. I’ve previously used those tags as a launch pad for the new year, then used to them flagellate myself when the inevitable happens.
This year I’m experimenting with a year long project to Make Me Happy. A lot has been said about the power of gratitude, which has consistently washed over me as I’m the kind of guy who still sends cards to thank people. But, it’s much more than that – it’s about being presently grateful for what we have; a nurturing constant recognition that there’s usually something great, amazing or touching in our lives, no matter how much shit is sliding down our face.
I’ve battled throughout my life with introspective negative thinking: what’s wrong with me? if I had more money I’d be happy, if I had a boyfriend I’d be happy, if I lived in a nicer area I’d be happy, if I had an Abercrombie body I’d be happier. It’s been a constant, low level gurgling and it’s tiring. So I’ve decided to take a meta view – focus on what I have, not what I don’t – and hope that taking a photo each day of something for which I’m grateful will, theoretically and gradually, drown out the negativity with *gulp* happiness. For more info on the idea, check out 365Grateful.