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January 2021

From The Smile Side of Life

WellBeing for U!
Creativity on Call

Image by JudaM from Pixabay

It wasn't the year we wanted, but it was the year we got!
Take some time to reflect on 2020 as it ends.
The year is ending, a traditional time to look at the past year's accomplishments and missteps. How has the pandemic changed the way you did things, both professionally and personally?
Questions to ask yourself:
  • What are your "did work" and "didn't works" for 2020?
  • What can you spend more time on?
  • What can you eliminate?
  • What skill, habit, or practice can you add in the coming year?
  • What adaptations and changes will continue through the New Year as the pandemic remains an issue?
  • What types of help and assistance are available in your community?
Important things to consider:
  • things we can control, and things we cannot control
  • situations we can change, and those we cannot change
  • what gave us joy, sense of purpose, and resilience, and what did not

Of course, the answers and the actions you take are not always simple. Your decisions can involve and affect both your personal and your professional life, and the lives of your loved ones. Your steps forward can range from tweaking something to life-changing plans.
In the case of items and situations you cannot control, learning how to accept those issues — not letting them "live in your head" — will help your personal well being. Things or actions that give you joy and a sense of purpose may not be "profitable," but rare a sensible investment in yours resilience.
As we move forward into the new year, keeping these words in mind can help us all hope for better days ahead:
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson

until next time, Don't Go Gently, Go Laughing!

A New Year Poem from 2015 That Resonates Today

The earth turns and a new day dawns, heralding the start of a new year,
just another orbit around the sun, yet a symbol of renewal,
a chance to start again, be different, do better,
as a person, as a community, as a world.

Let us open our hearts and minds to peace,
let us remember that violence and hate only begets more violence and hate,
let us allow the ripple to expand beyond ourselves.

With love, with laughter, with restraint and understanding,
we can change this; the only world we have.

©2014 Noreen Braman

News and Updates
Still time to register for the Winter Session Laughter Break at the Osher Lifelong Learning Center At Rutgers University:

Take A Laughter Break for the Health of It

If your workplace, organization or social group would like to take a Laughter Break or learn about 5 Habits that Build Resilience and Enhance Well-Being, these presentations are available virtually and can be a much needed boost for at home workers or socially distant friends, family, and group members.

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