Inspiration for the new year

I’ve learned some pretty incredible lessons about happiness lately. Here are some things that have inspired me to be a better person all around, despite the challenges that have been put in my way.

Shape Magazine’s reminder from Twitter today: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” — Audrey Hepburn

• Biblical words of wisdom, passed on regularly as a reminder from my mom: “Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

• And finally, the song Play Cards to Your Heart by Groove Armada, whose beautiful lyrics made this cold, dreary day feel instead like the brightest day ever: “Don’t think that revenge is a path to happiness, for the real link to enlightenment is forgiveness, for under the sun we are better and warmer together.”

I’m starting 2011 believing that it’ll be my best year ever. Let’s do this.

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