Rea­sons to be cheer­ful

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THE start of a new year is a great time to hit the re­fresh but­ton on your life and get or­gan­ised.

Set­ting goals for the year can be a bit over­whelm­ing but if you break it down and set a se­ries of small but sat­is­fy­ing tasks, you’re on your way to mak­ing 2018 the best year ever.

Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.

1. Clean out the fam­ily cup­board

Ev­ery house­hold has one. That cup­board, drawer or clut­tered cor­ner where ran­dom stuff ac­cu­mu­lates. As your kids get older they in­evitably grow out of toys, clothes and pos­ses­sions and, while it’s tempt­ing to hang on to them all, your house can start to re­sem­ble a garage sale. Post Christ­mas is the per­fect time to go through board games, books, clothes, soft toys and sports equip­ment – iden­tify the can’tlive-with­out favourites and do­nate the rest to younger friends or, bet­ter still, your favourite char­ity.

2. Get off Face­book and call your friends

It’s great to be able to view a glimpse into what your friends are up to via your daily Face­book news­feed scroll but noth­ing beats a face-to-face catch-up for nur­tur­ing a last­ing friend­ship. Move away from the screen and call your favourite peeps to ar­range a new-year cof­fee, drink or walk. Like.

3. Up­date in­sur­ance poli­cies As the year cranks into full swing, it’s easy to get dis­tracted with small-pic­ture stuff. Now is the per­fect time to stop and think about the big pic­ture and up­date your in­sur­ance.

4. Plan a trip

Hav­ing a break to look for­ward to is a guar­an­teed way to stay sane through even the busiest weeks. Set a bud­get and work out how far you can go. Pack­ing the fam­ily off for a cou­ple of weeks cre­ates beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries, whether it’s find­ing some win­ter warmth in Hawaii or pack­ing up the car with camp­ing gear and head­ing off for a long week­end. Do it.

5. De-junk the pantry

If your pantry is stocked with pack­aged snacks, grab a garbage bag and chuck out all the sug­ary, chem­i­cal-in­fused, hy­per­pro­cessed nib­bles and stock up with healthy al­ter­na­tives. Ta­mari al­monds, dried cran­ber­ries and pop­corn are a good place to start.

6. Scan old pho­tos

Most of our pho­tos are in dig­i­tal form these days but ev­ery house has a shelf of dusty al­bums or a cou­ple of boxes of fam­ily snaps. Pre­serve your mem­o­ries for eter­nity by set­ting aside a cou­ple of hours a week to start scan­ning them on to your com­puter or hard drive.

7. Per­form an act of kind­ness Re­search has shown that do­ing some­thing nice for some­one else is an in­ter­est-free de­posit in your hap­pi­ness bank. Help­ing a mum on to a bus with a pram, mak­ing an ex­tra por­tion of din­ner for a neighbour or com­pli­ment­ing some­one at the check­out feels good and costs noth­ing.

8. Start re­search­ing your fam­ily tree

Our fam­ily sto­ries can make for fas­ci­nat­ing read­ing. Piec­ing to­gether the pieces of your an­ces­tral puz­zle is not only a fun way to pass some spare time but it’s a great gift to your kids and grand­kids.

9. Read a clas­sic novel

We may not all get to write War and Peace, but there’s no ex­cuse not to read it. We all have at least one clas­sic novel we’ve promised our­selves we’d read some time. Now’s the time. Anna Karen­ina, The Catcher in the Rye, Wuther­ing Heights… the comfy chair is call­ing.

10. Learn to med­i­tate

A few min­utes a day to still your busy mind, breathe and be in the mo­ment is a healthy habit that will help you achieve all the other things on your 2018 to-do list.

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