Updated March 27 at 6:24am

Whose happy new year is it: yours or theirs?

Happy New Year! Or is it? Are you happier than least year?

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Whose happy new year is it: yours or theirs?


Happy New Year! Or is it? Are you happier than least year?

“Happy New Year” is an expression that everyone extends to others. Almost as a courtesy. Want to try something new? Say it to yourself – and mean it.

What’s your plan to be happy this year? Or are you just going back to the “goal” and “resolution” process that really hasn’t worked that well over the past decade? Or should I say past two decades?

There are fundamentals to follow to make your resolutions and goals a reality. The secret to achievement is the unspoken aspects of the process. And many of those elements revolve around the word “happy.”

Here are a few things to consider as you look to “put” and “be” HAPPY in your life in the new year. These elements will give you the freedom to find internal happiness:

• Be happy about yourself.

• Be happy about your life.

• Be happy about your relationships.

• Be proud of what you’re doing.

• Love what you’re doing.

• Desire to be the best at what you’re doing.

• Know the purpose (your real why) behind what you’re doing.

To help you get started, I’m going to share some gold from my “Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude.” It explains the urgency of self-imposed happiness as it relates to your success. Read it and apply it to your life.

The truth is, the fact is, the reality is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now.

If not now, when? After the economy gets better? You may not be able to wait that long.

Your life will always be filled with challenges, barriers and disappointments. It’s best to admit this to yourself, and decide to be happy anyway. Alfred Souza said, “For a long, long time it had seemed to me that I was about to begin real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

There is no “way” to happiness.

Happiness is the way.

There is no “after” to happiness.

Happiness is now.

Happiness is inside your head first and everyplace else second. Happiness is a treasure. Your (potentially missed) opportunity is to treasure every moment that you have.

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