• What will 2016 bring?

    It’s time to reflect back on 2015 and look forward to 2016. For most of us, time seems to pass more quickly. Is it our fast paced lives, or are we just getting older? It is probably a combination of the two.

    January is a convenient time to “hit the reset button”. But what should we start and what should we stop? With all good intentions, life will likely get in the way of our New Year’s resolutions. They will probably show up around this time next year with an ounce of guilt.

    So, what will 2016 bring? What are your predictions?

    • How much snow will fall in our yards?
    • Who will win the Super Bowl?
    • Who will be elected President?

    We don’t know what the future will bring (and it is better that way). If we knew our future, we would be preoccupied preventing the bad things from happening and unable to enjoy the good things. We can only control what we can control – the decisions we make about the circumstances we face. Let’s hope that each of us makes good decisions that increase our collective happiness.

    Three Questions for 2016

    Before we lose the “It’s a new year spirit”, I offer three questions for you to consider as part of your reflections back and projections forward.

    1. What burden can you release that you have been carrying from the past?

    Each of us can remember an event from the past which was very upsetting. Sometimes the upset diminishes over time but sometime it grows. Although we can’t change the past, we can change how we relate to the past.

    1. What good deed can you do and expect nothing in return?

    You know the saying “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” It is an example of a quid pro quo belief on life. But, why not do a good deed just because it is the right thing to do and not because you want something in return?

    1. What can you do (or stop doing) that will make you happier?

    We think we know what makes us happy but how much time do we devote to these things? What new behaviors or actions can make us happier? If we build these actions (or non-actions) into habits maybe we can be a bit happier in 2016.

    I offer these questions as a discussion starter. Maybe they would make good dinner conversation. Happy 2016!

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