Start 2013 on a happy "note"!
Jot it down! On January 1st, I want you to take a jar (any jar will do) and write "Happy Thoughts" on the outside. Then take a sheet of paper and write down everything you are thankful for that day. Fold it up and put it in the jar. At the end of every week, I want you to make a list of positive and good things that happened during the week and put it in the jar. At the end of the year, take them out and reflect on the good things that happened instead of the bad.
Journal your way through 2013. When things become too stressful or I have so much on my mind, I write it down. Believe it or not, I've been journaling since I've been out of high school and it helps me deal what my current emotions, instead of stressing out about them. It's a great release and a great way to clear your mind. If something is bothering you, grab a journal and write what's bothering you and why. Maybe you can figure out what to do about it.
Meditate. Stress is one of the main reasons people get sick. Meditation releases that stress to where you feel better about the situation. Even if you don't sit in the Lotus position (I never do!), just sitting straight while breathing in and out slowly will clear your mind enough to figure out solutions to the problem.
Celebrate the little things. Get a calendar and besides writing down anniversaries and birthdays, write down when your child gets an A in math or you finally walk that mile. Even if the celebration is pizza instead of tacos, it will release those "happy" feelings and you feel better about the day. Clean the kitchen by yourself? Celebrate with a piece of chocolate!
Even just by doing one of those listed above, you will increase your happiness just a little!
What are some ways you stay happy through out the year?