Before the year ends, take some private time with your journal – electronic or old-school paper and pencil – and make note of everything 2015 brought to you. Make special note of what was good.
Much of the good you may have planned for and expected. Some of the good may have been unanticipated surprises. And it, initially, may have felt not so good, but in the end, it turned out well. Include goals accomplished, experiences you enjoyed, skills you learned or enhanced, improvements in your finances, health, relationships, projects you completed successfully, personal or professional challenges you surmounted. List everything – simple or significant – that you feel good about.
As you finish off 2015, invest 15 to 20 minutes in reflection. Your list of the good may surprise you and generate positive feelings about the beneficial experiences the year held for you.