Volume 007
December 2009

Hi... I’m Jimmy, and my mission is to improve your life by making it a bit happier - or, better yet, a lot happier - everyday.

I am a doctor, “rejuvenating” corporate executive, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. My wife (Jill), our three-year-old daughter (Joie), our golden retriever (Sunny) – and our newborn (3-week-old) second daughter (Jae) – live in Tampa Florida and Newport Beach California (we alternate locations every month – so we travel a lot).

Through this newsletter, my website, my books, E-Coaching, and other BeHappy! products, I am committed to improving the lives of as many people as possible. So, I would love to hear from you on how your life has changed by using the BeHappy! system, or how I can help improve your life more by making the system even better.

Please go to BeHappy101.com (or see the yellow box at the end of the newsletter) to provide your comments, suggestions, stories, or thoughts and I’ll respond to you personally – as appropriate - as soon as possible.

Here’s to your happiness and to having the kind of life you want to have!

BeHappy! my friends

Inside this Issue

Introduction to The BeHappy! Newsletter (for new subscribers)

Happiness Facts

Follow Up to the Last Edition’s “Actions”

Preparing for a Happy 2010

Actions for the Next 60 Days to BeHappy!

What's New at BeHappy101.com

BeHappy! at Work ... A new book in the making

(for new subscribers)

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a regular and consistent supplement to the action-oriented process in my website - www.behappy101.com - and in my first book, simply called BeHappy!

It is intended to make a powerful contribution to the amount of joy and fulfillment in your daily life by providing regular tools, reminders, and strategies to: This is far beyond a “How To” concept. It is rather a “Do” system, which, when used in conjunction with the BeHappy! book, helps create your own personal “Happiness Plan” for your life. If you want a template or “blueprint” for this Happiness Plan, Click here and you can get it free.

Since my goal is to help make people happier, however, it is best to get the book to use along with the website to achieve maximum benefit from the plan (yes, that’s partly a sales pitch — but it’s true).

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  • The tradition of New Year's Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C.

  • The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of a new year on what is now March 23, although they themselves had no written calendar. Late March actually is a logical choice for the beginning of a new year. It is the time of year that spring begins and new crops are planted. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary.
Follow Up from the Last Edition of The BeHappy! Newsletter

The last edition of this newsletter in late October focused the holidays. Did you take the actions described? Did you create a Holiday Happiness Plan? Did you go to the BeHappy101.com website every week throughout the holiday season to check out the Holiday Happiness series. If so, then, I hope it helped you have a much better, happier, less stressful holiday season. And if not, make sure to remember to use the series next year to create your happiest possible holiday season.

For now, though, since 2009 is over and we’re starting a new year, I’m going to devote the message in this edition of The BeHappy! Newsletter to...

Preparing for a Happy 2010

Believe it or not, we’re already entering a new decade in the 21st century. The first decade of the new century sure went by quickly, didn’t it? It seems we were just preparing for “Y2K” (the year 2000), and now, here we are, already starting a new decade.

So, what will you accomplish in the next decade? What about in the next year? Do you have some New Year’s Resolutions? What about some annual goals?

Well, I’d like to take these resolutions to a higher level for 2010. Because while resolutions are great (and I definitely recommend you have some), the fact is, they are not often achieved (even though the word “resolution” has a very strong, decisive definition).

There are many reasons for this, but the bottom line is that New Year’s resolutions have lost some of their meaning. It’s almost as if they’ve just become obligatory "beginning-of-the-year" dreams, with no follow-through. If you want to learn how to effectively make and achieve resolutions click here to go to the December 28th edition of the “Holiday Happiness” series. It will give you a detailed plan to create and achieve your resolutions for 2010.

And for you - BeHappy! Newsletter subscribers - I want to take this a step further. I want you to do more than just make “resolutions”. I want us to make New Year commitments to ensure that 2010 is your best, happiest year ever.
Commitment: a pledge or promise to do something.
Because every New Year, we have the chance for a psychological “new beginning” – a new motivation to do better, be better, and live better than we did the previous year.

But let me ask you - what is your personal history of success in these areas? Do you make resolutions and keep them every year, or are you like most people, where the resolutions you make on January 1st are essentially forgotten by February 1st (or even sooner)?

If you’re in the latter group, let’s make this year different – especially if 2009 was a tough year for you, as it was for many people due to the miserable economy we’ve been experiencing over the past year and a half (see the 4-part series called Eliminating Fear to Thrive in the Current Downward Economic Cycle if the economy is at least partly responsible for any tough times you may have been having this past year).

Making a commitment – in other words, a “promise” – is a serious issue. It means there are no options other than to keep your promise (i.e., meet your commitment) - otherwise you are not living with integrity. Yes, it is absolute, and there are no excuses for failure!

So are you up for it? Are you ready to make some 2010 “happiness commitments”? If so, make sure to read on and follow the “actions” section below, because what’s missing from most people who fail to meet resolutions are two things – focus and action. Here is a simple remedy for both of those issues:


“May the best things that happened to you in 2009 be the worst things that happen to you in 2010”
- Neil Cantor
Like everything in life, the old saying, “practice makes perfect” applies to happiness, too. By using the tools and concepts in BeHappy! - and applying the principles on my website (www.behappy101.com) and in this bi-monthly newsletter - you'll get the coaching and the “practice” you need to lead the happiest possible life. It takes daily action to get “perfect” at it, though.

So, if you have read previous BeHappy! Newsletters you know that every issue provides some simple action-oriented exercises for the next two months (until the next edition of the newsletter) which relate to the main "subject" of this edition of the newsletter to help make happiness a habit.

Just a few minutes of focus every day and you’ll be laying the foundation for the happiest possible life - both for yourself and for those you love.

If you do these things, I can promise you’ll notice a big difference in the quality of your life.

You will BeHappy!

To improve your life, click on any of the pictures below which represent areas of your life which you need to make better:

Actions for the next 60 days:

Take these actions over the next sixty days and by the time you receive the next edition of the BeHappy! Newsletter (around the end of February), I am sure you’ll have a great start to the new year:
  • First, read (or re-read) the December 28th edition of the 2009 “Holiday Happiness” series – which is all about creating and achieving New Year’s resolutions. Access it quickly by clicking here.

  • Once you have read that article – and have put together your list of resolutions for 2010, start elevating them to commitments by first printing them or writing them down and putting them everywhere you are sure to see them several times every day (this will address the focus issue discussed previously), then...

  • Take one action every day for the next 60 days (even if it’s a small action) that relates to the achievement of each of the top 2 or 3 highest priority resolutions (which obviously addresses the 'action' part of the reason most people fail to achieve their resolutions)

  • Next, keep a log of your daily action(s) – in other words, at the end of every day, write down the action you took that day

  • On a specific day each week (you pick the best day for you) write down the progress you have made toward each of those top 2 or 3 highest priority resolutions
By following these action steps for the next 60 days (essentially January and February) you will be amazed at how much progress you will have made towards achieving your resolutions for 2010 (they will have become "commitments"). We’ll look back on this 60-day action plan in the next edition of the BeHappy! Newsletter at the end of February. Then, we’ll take more actions to get to the next level of happiness for the rest of the year (and beyond).

If the information here at BeHappy101.com helps you and you'd like to make a donation to help make others happy, please click on the "DONATE" button below to make a contribution. The amount you give is entirely up to you, and would be greatly appreciated. A portion of the proceeds will used to contribute to the happiness of others.

WHAT'S NEW AT BeHappy101.com:

Every issue of this newsletter will keep you up to date on new stuff at BeHappy101.com so you can get maximum benefit from the BeHappy! system. You can access any of these quickly by just clicking on the links in the list below.

Here are a few additions over the past two months:
  • As an official Health and Happiness writer for Examiner.com, there are new articles posted there every week or two. These articles are typically less in-depth than the articles here at BeHappy101.com, so you can use these as quick summaries of certain topics related to happiness. Check it out by going to BeHappy101.com and clicking on the Examiner.com link just below the "Thought for Today".

  • BeHappy! at Work free e-book: The free introductory version of “BeHappy! at Work” was launched at the end of October. Since you are already a subscriber to the BeHappy Newsletter, you should have received an e-mail with instructions on how to get your free copy. If you didn’t get yours, be sure to download it now. PLEASE tell your friends to subscribe so they’ll get a FREE copy, too.

  • A new E-Coaching opportunity: get personal, private coaching from me - all electronically (by e-mail) with this new, effective part of the BeHappy! system. I have added a FREE introductory coaching session to the offering so you can try it out first, with no risk or obligation.

  • Several new articles on relationships and other life issues by The Neighborhood Shrink: a regular “clinical psychology” contributor to behappy101.com.

  • The new "tour" component of the website is still under construction, which is intended to help you get the most from the behappy101.com site on a regular basis (to be finished early in the New Year – it’s one of my resolutions!!). This "tour" will provide you the ability to navigate the entire website easily based on whatever interests you - or whatever you need in your life to be happier and more fulfilled.

    Please contribute to the happiness of others by providing your own stories, jokes, testimonials, comments and personal tips on happiness, dealing with adversity, and relationships on the website (there are many places throughout the site to add your messages to help others)

    To contribute HAPPINESS tips: click here
    To contribute RELATIONSHIP tips: click here
    To contribute ADVERSITY tips: click here
    To contribute GOAL tips: click here

  • Several important new blog posts to add to your "happiness toolbox".

  • The popular Thought for Today: a feature on the site initiated February 1st which has provided a new thought every single day since then. Each new Thought for Today gets posted on the behappy101.com homepage every morning (365 days a year) between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. (unless I sleep in – then it might be 6:30 a.m.). These are thoughts to help start your day off right. The thoughts are generally about happiness, success, relationships, money, etc. So go to the website everyday for a new “thought”. You’ll soon become “addicted” – and it will improve your life tremendously.

  • Several new “Quick Tips” to help increase happiness everyday

  • New Quotes, Poems, and Jokes to help inspire and motivate you, or just make you laugh.
And much, much more. So until the next edition of the BeHappy! Newsletter around the end of February...

Thanks, have a very Happy New Year – and...

BeHappy! my friends

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