Friday, December 28, 2012

Suggestions for New Year's Resolutions?

Excerpts from “Advice for All on New Year’s Day” by Ann Landers

* Call up a forgotten friend.  Drop an old grudge and replace it with some pleasant memories.
Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep.
Pay a debt.
Free yourself of envy and malice.
Make a genuine effort to stay in closer touch with family and good friends.
Think things through.  Forgive an injustice. Listen more. Be kind.
Apologize when you realize you are wrong.  An apology never diminishes a person- it elevates them.
Try to understand a point of view that is different from your own.  Few things are 100 percent one way or another.
Examine the demands you make on others.
Lighten up.  When you feel like blowing your top, ask yourself, “Will it matter a week from today?”
Laugh the loudest when the joke is on you.
Avoid pessimists.  They drag you down and contribute nothing.
Express your gratitude.  Give credit when it’s due- and even when it isn’t.  It will make you look good.
When courage is needed, ask yourself, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”
Take better care of yourself. Remember, you’re all you’ve got.  Pass up that second helping- you really don’t need it.  Vow to eat more sensibly- you’ll feel better and look better, too.
Give yourself a reality check.  Phoniness is transparent, and it is tiresome.  Take pleasure in beauty and the wonders of nature. 
If you have love in your life, consider yourself blessed, and vow to make this the best year ever!