If you've made it through the first half of January, it's time to have a party. Gather up some friends or neighbors or colleagues and get social. Maybe you want to start with one friend, neighbor or colleague, or just a few people rather than the entire neighborhood, but have a party. It makes no difference if you play cards, watch a football game or just chat. I read somewhere that having a party not only makes you feel physically energized but mentally alert as well. Who knew?
A New Year typically begins with resolutions, good intentions and positive thinking. Mine did. My resolution was so simple: Put a positive spin on anything I ponder and say. Like my 101 other philosophies of life, this one should be a snap. However, like other philosophies, it requires real interaction with other real people before its real value sparkles. I like sparkle.
So, throw a party. Women invite friends in to try out a new recipe. Men invite friends to tinker in the workshop or to go fishing. I enjoy inviting people over to celebrate a holiday, try out new ideas or play MahJongg. Whatever your reason, invite people to join you. Make it a party. You may be surprised to learn that you will not only feel happy but be healthier when you do. I read an article (AARP/2013) indicating people who institute simple, yet healthy resolutions have experienced major health improvements. I'll vote for that.
Yes, Keep it simple: Get up, get dressed, get out; Join a group; Do one thing at a time; Smile with your eyes; Adopt a pet; Be a volunteer; Talk on the phone; Listen to your favorite music; Learn something new; Do the thing and you will have the power; Enjoy whatever you are doing right now; Laugh; Dance and Have a party.
Nancy yTe \]