These days, New Year’s Day is a day of relaxation. The two of us drink mimosas in our jammies into the afternoon while the Rose Parade and various sporting events play in the background. Growing up, it was the final day of the holiday season. The final feast. . .until Easter. As we squished around my grandparent’s dining room table, the family raised their glasses. To this day, I remember my grandmother’s voice, “Health, wealth, and happiness” and the soft clinking of glasses that followed.
Health, Wealth, and Happiness
This is still my preferred toast. Simple, sincere, and direct. Yet, these three small words cover a lot of ground and contain their own meaning to all who hear.
Health – May your health not cause you problems. May you avoid falling ill. May you make healthy choices whenever possible. May you make time to care for your physical and mental health. May your efforts be successful. May you enhance your well-being.
Wealth – May you have the funds necessary to cover your expenses. May you be able to save for a rainy day. May you be blessed with more than you need. May you recognize that wealth is not just money. May your wealth of gratitude for friends, family, health, work, free time continuously expand.
Happiness – May you find happiness in life’s simple pleasures. May your glass be half-full. May life’s load be light. May you strive for a better tomorrow. May you create your own path to happiness. May your joy expand.
In 2021, let’s take these well-wishes a step further. Let’s make these wishes a reality. To turn the old adage on its head, a wish is just a wish until there is a goal and plan. So, rather than just wish for health, wealth, and happiness, let’s plan to make them a reality. Whether you refer to them as resolutions, goals, intentions, or something else, I challenge you to make one in each category. Whatever it means to you, set an intention for your health in 2021. Set an intention for your wealth in the coming year. Set an intention for your happiness. Then, create a plan. Be specific. What do you want to accomplish? What steps will it take to achieve? List them all! Stick to it, by connecting to your motivation and creating accountability. Why is this important to you? What can you do to hold yourself accountable? Share your intentions with others! Making your plans known can keep you on track. You may even inspire someone to create some resolutions/intentions/goals of their own!
Here’s to you and your health, wealth, and happiness goals in 2021 and beyond!
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