How to End the Year

How to End the Year

By Eric Dahlinger

As fall turns to winter, we draw closer to the end of 2016 AD, and as I have read online and witnessed in person 2016 has been a little bit of a doozy to say the least, both publicly and privately (don’t get me wrong lots of good stuff happed as well). But here are some ideas to end the year on a high note.

2016 New Years’ Resolutions.

Remember your 2016 resolutions you made back in Jan… It’s not too late, accomplish them now.  There is no time like the present to make your goals come true.  If you want to lose weight, do it now.  Want to take singing lessons, start today.  Why not?  This way you can begin 2017 a winner, and set new goals, rather then re-set the ones you picked last year.  And that winning feeling will help you with your next challenge.

Give Back

The Holidays are coming, and that is the easiest of times to find a way to give.  Donate your time if you can, soup kitchens and food drives need volunteers.  Currently I am helping a high school with there musical, and it’s a lot of fun (most of the time).  Or donate toys, food, or cash.  If you are too busy to volunteer, food drives would love your support with canned goods.  As demonstrated in an episode of Friends, doing a good deed will make you feel good about your self, because there is no such thing as a selfless good deed. “That sensation is known as ‘helper’s high’ and is produced when your brain releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals of the brain. When you do something good for someone else, your brain’s pleasure centers light up, releasing endorphin and producing this high.”(Mirele Mann, 7 Scientific Facts About the Benefit of Doing Good, goodnet.org)

End it with a BANG

Why not, we have had some rough times, so make the holidays the best.  Go out, have fun, do what you want.  Stop holding yourself back from having a good time.  Have a Christmas party, go for drinks with your co-workers, buy that new designer dress, go have a spa day, and eat that last slice of pizza (unless it is your 2016 resolution).  Treat yourself, you deserve it.  Its okay to spend time on yourself, pleasure can be a good thing too.  Just have fun.

The year has been tough, but that doesn’t mean it all has to go to waste. Make the best of the 30 something days we have left in the year, they can be great too… it is the most wonderful time of the year.

 

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