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2010 Resolution Handbook for Happiness

For last year's words 
belong to last year's language 
and next year's words 
await another voice.”
-T.S. Eliot



I am resolving right now that 2010 is going to be a year to show RESPECT, extend KINDNESS, grow in LOVE, and PRAISE GOD for his goodness and mercy!  For all those in agreement, join me by taking the pledge to use this 50 point "handbook" to  improve your HEALTH, polish your PERSONALITY, strengthen our SOCIETY and perfect our LIVES.  

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT I WILL:
  1. Drink plenty of water. 
  2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. 
  3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. 
  4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy 
  5. Make time to pray every single day. 
  6. Play more games. 
  7. Read more books than I did in 2009. 
  8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  9. Sleep for 7 hours. 
  10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily; and while I walk...smile.
  11. Not compare my life to others because I have no idea what their journey is all about.
  12. Say "I love you" to my partner...because I do. 
  13. Not have negative thoughts about things that I cannot control. 
  14. Invest my energy in the positive present moment. 
  15. Not over do it. 
  16. Focus on my health...because in the end...that's all that matters.
  17. Make more donations to those less fortunate because regardless of my situation...I'm not missing any meals or sleeping on the street.
  18. Not take myself so seriously; because no one else does. 
  19. Exercise more and talk about exercise less.
  20. Not waste my precious energy on gossip. 
  21. Dream more while I'm awake. 
  22. Remember that envy is a waste of time. I already have all that I need. 
  23. Forget issues of the past. 
  24. Not remind my family, friends or partner of his/her mistakes of the past. 
  25. Not ruin my present happiness. 
  26. Remember that life is too short to waste time hating anyone. 
  27. Make peace with my past so it won't spoil my present. 
  28. Be in charge of my own happiness. 
  29. Realize that life is a school and I am here to learn and problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class; but the lessons I learn will last a lifetime. 
  30. Smile and laugh more. 
  31. Not have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 
  32. Call my family more often. 
  33. Give something good to others each day. 
  34. Remove all toxic people, places and things from my life.
  35. Forgive everyone for everything...because it's not that deep.
  36. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of  6. 
  37. Try to make at least three people smile each day. 
  38. Stay in my own lane and out of other people's business.
  39. Stop worrying about what other people think of me because it is none of my business. 
  40. Remember that my job won't take care of me when I'm sick. My family & friends will; so I need to stay in touch with folk who matter in my life. 
  41. Do the right thing!
  42. Call my parents...just to say thank you.
  43. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.  
  44. Open myself up to new experiences that take me out of my comfort zone.
  45. Organize my personal space because excellence cannot operate in chaos.
  46. Know that no matter how good or bad a situation is, it can and will change.
  47. No matter how I feel...I will get up, dress up and show up. 
  48. Open my eyes every morning and when I realize that I am still alive; I will thank GOD for it. 
  49. Remember that God is in control...so I will let go and let God!
  50. End my day with a prayer of thanksgiving because God has already promised that the best is yet to come.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

    38 comments:

    1. This is a well thought out post. The gift is that it will encourage others to make their own list - and do some thinking in the process!

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    2. Fantastic list and every item rings true! Did you consider running each one as a daily tweet? Happy New Year!
      Dr.Dee(Dee959)

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    3. I loved it Star, I'm inspired; a lot of good nuggets to help me through out the coming days.

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    4. This was so good and inspirational that I re-posted it on my blog. Thanks, Star, for keeping it positive. I will certainly try and follow the handbook. Happy New Year!

      Peace and Blessings!

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    5. Thank you so much for these 50 points, I am in agreement with you on these, and will be using them. Happy New Year to you Star!

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    6. There are many things on this list I hope to incorporate in my daily life this year, so much so that I passed this along to my Facebook friends. xoxox

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    7. Happy New Year, Soror Star Jones!! We are both lawyers and we share the same birthday.

      You and Mo'Nique have inspired me to lose the excess pounds. A health scare made me realize that I needed to lose the weight.

      http://charactercorner.blogspot.com/2009/07/im-still-here-by-grace-of-god.html

      I look forward to reading your blog.

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    8. Thank you for putting this in writing. This is wonderful Star. Every one of these points are right on target for me.

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    9. This was a great post. #48 is saying it all for me. As of late, when I wake up, I take note that I actually had the opportunity to wake up. Many were not as fortunate. Thanks for sharing and a Happy New Year to you.

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    10. Thanks for this list my friend. Happy New Year to you and may yours be blessed.

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    11. I absolutely love this list and I think I will incorporate some of this into my own life. Thank your inspiration.

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    12. Thanks Star for the postitive words. Your words will help all of us in 2010. I am going to read one per day.

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    13. Wow! I can truly adopt each one for my life...very applicable. Thank you!!!

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    14. I am going to create my list today and post it with my life plan for 2010 on my wall. Thanks for sharing.

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    15. Ms. Star,
      What a lovely gift! Thank you. May God continue to bless you.

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    16. Hi Star,
      I love your list of 50 2010 changes..
      I will add some of these to my list. If you're looking for a smart, cute, funny, and well behaved child under 6 yrs old to spend time with, my daughter Kennedy, is amazing.. LOL.
      All Gods Best.
      Felita Harris
      VP of Sales Donna Karan Collection
      felitamichelle@aol.com

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    17. Love it, thanks for sharing!

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    18. Great list, its going to be a WONDERFUL year!

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    19. I love it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You are one of my biggest inspirations. I'm taking this and running with it; this is GREAT! I'm going to apply it to my life. Thank you, Star

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    20. I love this! Thank you Star for putting into words many of the thoughts I've had lately. Now let's out these into action! Happy New Year!

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    21. I love #39 Stop worrying about what people think about me b/c its none of my business. Thats my goal for 2010 to not worry about trying to people please and winning the approval of others...Thanks Star

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    22. This is everything that I have been trying to say and shoot for in one place...thanks Star, great job!

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    23. love this post! thank you as it has inspired me to do alot of the same.

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    24. I love this thanks for using your life to be a blessing. God Bless

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    25. i wish i could get a copy of that handbook...it would help me for sure...and star i admire u .where oh where can someone find this handbook????? it a handbook none should be without.and i thank u for sharing....keep up the good work star and ur awesome.my email is jjtmo2008@hotmail.com.thank u for sharing and listening...kudos star send u blessings...

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    26. God Bless you Star. Thank you for sharing your list of resolutions. It made me think about what I need to resolve for 2010 and beyond.

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    27. Love this homegirl! That's a great way to start any year, any day, any second. Now let me get off the computer and put some of them into action.

      Blessings!
      @hollywoodlvwork

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    28. I have always looked forward to reading what you have to say... You have always been an inspiration.

      Warm regards....

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    29. I love it!!!! I def need to do this. Focus on health and Def FORGIVE everyone. That negative energy is NOT HURTING THEM but me.

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    30. This is a great list. I came back to print it and past the link to others. Thanks for writing!

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    31. All I can say is WOW!!! What a great set of goals to live by. I am a Employee Assistance Counselor and nobody comes to me happy. With your permission, I will share this list with some of my customers to help them escape from their "pity party." I will personally try to follow each goal to improve my life also.
      Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you!"
      Beverly A Jackson
      Bensalem, PA
      Bjack111@earthlink.net

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    32. Hey Star! Love the points. How many have you complete this year so far? ;-) God Bless! Love your blog!

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