Don't worry, be happy

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 6:48pm

It's that time of year when people make new year's resolutions and most of them involve physical appearance or personal success. However, experts say a little positive thinking can go a long way this new year.

Some of the top New Year's resolutions don't involve a gym membership, rather, a little soul searching.

Paul Andrews, a local psychologist, said, "We're more than just physical bodies our minds, our attitudes are important, in emotional as well as our physical health." One East Texan, Susan Hazelwood, said, "We were thinking positive thoughts and we were thinking oh this is a great way to start the new year."

Research shows gratitude is one of the best ways to stay positive. Andrews said, "It's a chance to use this time and look ahead and not just think about the gloom but to make some plans on how life can be more enjoyable this year." Another East Texan, Janae Wilt, said, "I think that's great, just to be grateful for your life and that you have another year."

Andrews said many times people think in extremes, such as, this is going to be the greatest year, or the worst. He said, "With mental attitude its important to take small steps, be flexible, to get back on track if you have a relapse, and to cut ourselves some slack."

People often say it takes more effort to frown, than it does to smile, so save yourself the worry this year, and be happy. One East Texan said, "If you're not happy you're not going to get very far in life."

Experts also say writing down your happy thoughts and counting your blessings will help you stay positive, all year long. Andrews said, "In the mix of activities, to forget about that, but if i have a certain time or a certain place in my home I'm going to sit and list those things I'm more likely to do it its more likely to become a habit." He suggests writing down one thing a day in 2013 to be thankful for.

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