Cheers to a Year of Bliss!
Around the world, various traditions begin each New Year with renewed expectations and new dreams for a successful 2010. In a never-ending search for good luck, many people undertake all sorts of activities to ensure prosperity. In Spain they eat 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight, in Japan they eat a bowl of buckwheat noodles called "toshikoshisoba" and listen for the Buddhist temple bells, and in China they burn crackers to ward off evil spirits.
One of the most common New Year's practices is making resolutions – 40 to 45 percent of American adults make goals to give up bad habits or work on redesigning their lives. These goals range from debt reduction to weight loss to smoking cessation.
My family, along with millions people worldwide, ring in the New Year watching the ball-lowering celebration atop One Times Square. I grew up watching this sparkling Waterford Crystal ball drop, and now my kids have this tradition in their lives. Then, the next morning, I try to live up to my new year's desires for a better me.
In pursuit of a healthier, more harmonic life, KCFM kicks off the first issue of 2010 with its special section, "New Year, New You!" focusing on our mind, body, and spirit and achieving optimal health. Check out these insightful articles and special advertorials starting on page 10.
Experts agree that keeping your mind, body, and spirit in sync will create a more peaceful and happier you. Happiness is different for each person. I asked my kids what makes them happy – my 11-year old daughter said, "texting my friends," my six-year-old son said, "Legos and my DS," and my three-year-old son said, "Uncrustables." Sometimes it is the simplest things in life that bring the greatest joy!
KCFM wanted to find what other things keep our spirits happy. So, in the Mothers, Shakers, and Community Makers section, on page 8, we asked five local moms, who happen to be happy people, their top five things on their happiness lists. Check out what local moms Tarrah Mann, Dina Castillo-Bustos, Heather Devan, Sarah Pimentel, and Erin Kloepper have to be happy about.
Another family, the Mendes, have found contentment amidst a crazy and hectic commuting schedule. Paul Mende, an extreme commuter, travels two and a half hours, one way, to his job on the Coast, and many weeks is gone in Alaska. How does his family manage while he's away? Check out his wife, Lisa's tips to dealing with their schedule in the article, "Super Commuters," on page 14.
If you want your monthly dose of humor, check out Tracie Grimes's monthly column, Humor at Home, "Weird Science," on page 6. As it is science fair time again, Tracie writes about her children's crazy science experiments. She wonders if more practical science fair projects could be more beneficial – taking wrinkles out of shirts and stopping our toddlers from public tantrums. If you find the magic element to answer these hypothesizes, let us know!
In Rick Epstein's Fatherhooding article on page 19, he writes about how his daughter has followed in his footsteps to be on the Safety Patrol. He reminisces about the similarities between his experience and hers. Make sure you check it out - it's an entertaining read!
So, no matter what traditions your family practices to find a new year filled with prosperity, remember that happiness is contagious… As Mark Twain said, "Whoever is happy will make others happy, too!"
Cheers to a year of bliss! Happy 2010!!!!!