January: make it a time to celebrate too

Celebrating in January? What exactly? Bidding farewell to the last of the mince pies, trudging back to work in gale force winds and stashing away the twinkly fairy lights may leave you feeling more than a bit dreary. What’s more, you may not have the inclination to make any resolutions. A quick poll around the office and on Twitter would suggest they’re, dare we say it…an exercise in futility?

A recent YouGov survey found: “When asked about 2017 New Year’s resolutions in the first week of January 2017, 21% of Brits had said that they had made them. Of those, one in five (22%) had already failed to keep them…just six days into the year.

“Fast forward to the 21st of December and only a quarter (27%) had managed to keep to them all with one and a half weeks to go. By contrast, 64% have not kept to them all.”

So that’s…encouraging.

But don’t despair. The turn of the year and gigantic full moon does give us an opportunity to reflect and recharge. In fact, in ancient Rome they had a God dedicated to doing exactly that.

Wikipedia reckons: “In Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. It is conventionally thought that the month of January is named for Janus.”

In other words, January can also be an excellent time to look back at what you achieved in the last 12 months. Although resolutions can give some focus and determination, they can also become a stick to beat ourselves up with. Why not look the other way and consider all your amazing/funniest/proudest/happiest moments from 2017 and bask in those for a while. Better still, create yourself a virtual (or real) canvas that captures those precious moments and have it as your phone wallpaper or mounted in the hallway.

Another idea is to create a happiness jar. Every day for the next 12 months, write a small note about something that made you happy. All the little things (and let’s face it, that’s what life is all about) will be captured in one place for you to read, reflect and enjoy at the end of the year.

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