Happiness: Surviving New Years Eve Alone

Well, that was a dead give away of how I spend New Years Eve.

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There are number of people who spend New Years Eve alone for a variety of reasons: no significant other, sobriety, cash, fear of freezing to death (applicable in northern climates), avoidance of large crowds (I would fit into that category). So what can you do to make the night seem less…lonely?

Pull out your favorite PJ’s (I love flannel bottoms and a comfy t-shirt), grab your favorite blanket, curl up with your favorite book, or curl up with your favorite reader and download a new book. Add more comfort and happiness to your favorite space with your furry friends.

Take a bubble bath. Light up the bathroom with candles instead of the overhead light. Stream some relaxing music.

Watch a movie. iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services have some hidden gems in the foreign film area. And they’re GOOD movies! Like cheese? SyFy has some extremely cheesy slasher films (they’re so bad you won’t even notice how messy they are). Got a favorite movie you could watch a zillion times without a second thought (Shawshank!)? Pop it in!

Call a friend who is home on NYE. Two people on the phone aren’t alone.

Have a slumber party. You’re never too old for a slumber party.

Treat it like any other night because…well, it is like any other night. Laundry, grocery lists, pack the lunch, play Farmville (I do not play Farmville).

Make a gratitude list. Valerie Reiss wrote in a short article on Belief Net that gratitude allows you to see and absorb all you have, forgetting for a moment all you may lack. Being grateful allows generosity to flow. Many believe it also makes you more receptive: the more you love what you have, the more you get what you want. So make a list of things you’re grateful for: sand in your toes on a summer day; fluffy pillows; fuzzy friends; cheesy movies…the sky’s the limit.

Happy New Year!

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