Read the paper, watch the news, surf the Internet and most of the time you find stories that make it seem the world is in devastation and destruction.
In 2013, as individuals we need to inspire and motivate each other. There are many happy stories out there. Let’s seek the happiness out with that age-old tradition, New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s Resolution #1 – Be healthier.

Simple answer; give more. Rather than turning our focus on how much we have, we should think more about what we do with what we have — maybe this means indulging less, and giving others the opportunity to indulge instead. Recently, I came across some studies that show giving as little as $5 has positive emotional benefits.

New Year’s Resolution #2 – Be happier.

Boost your self-esteem; volunteer. How we look at and experience the world is a choice. Happiness is a choice. In 2013, take charge and try and commit to seeing everything in a positive way. Research shows helping others makes you feel good about yourself, because you’re doing something for someone that they couldn’t do for themselves. This is just as important to your health as exercise and a healthy diet.

The girls at St. Elizabeth Girl’s Academy, Uganda have been dealt a hand in life that many of us have not come close to experiencing. But, they are positive. They are happy. They are getting an education. They will prosper in 2013. It’s their smiles that keep me going even on the roughest of days. The fact that I am making a difference in someone’s life, that’s the greatest feeling in the world.

Helping others leads to higher levels of happiness and health. Now that is an easy resolution to keep.

Happy New Year!

Peace and Love,

p.s. check out this video. The girls were performing for me. They are very positive and full of life.