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Birthdays: Don't Get Grumpy, Get Thoughtful

Birthdays: Don't Get Grumpy, Get Thoughtful

Birthdays can be very public or very personal, depending on how you feel about them. Sure, there is potential for parties, surprises, and presents, but some people would prefer to celebrate silently without being the center of attention.

Whether you're big on birthdays or not, here's an interesting exercise. Every year, devote some time to writing in a journal and reflecting on the past year. Write down new experiences and things you've learned since your last birthday. It could be anything from an eye-opening trip to a funny anecdote or new insight into yourself. Record some favorite moments and reflect on new friends made. Think about what you're thankful for.

When you're done with that, outline what you're looking forward to in the next year. Not only will it make you feel better about turning another year older, but it will also be a valuable and entertaining way to look back on annual milestones.

Do any of you do this or something similar? If not, tell me how you commemorate birthdays below.


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richandfamous10 richandfamous10 9 years
Birthdays are supposed to be extremely fun! This journal exercise on my birthday seems more like homework and a chore. No way!
lucylam lucylam 9 years
when anyone like myfriends,related persons birthday i gave beautiful gifts.I like birthdayparty. ================================================================ lucy visit orkut
xoxoxx xoxoxx 9 years
...None of my friends called to tell me happy birthday, save for one or two. My own father didn't even tell me happy least I knew where their priorities were. But yeah, I keep track of how things change as I grow older...stuff can change for better or for worse. Either way, I suck it up and deal.
zabrow zabrow 9 years
i do this kind of thing every new year's eve. good idea to do it on birthdays instead, though.
zawackirz zawackirz 9 years
haha, i just make sure to go out with my friends and get hammered...beyond that, I do have a 5 year plan for myself...but thats just because I like setting goals for myself
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Truthfully, I like my birthdays. Unlike some women, I enjoy getting older. Life keeps getting better. I'm more happy and content.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 9 years
I journal anyways and if i journal on my birthday then that's great. But what really marks a milestone for me is being able to let go and purge or throw away all the things that are silly or dumb. And yes I have thrown out many journals doing this it makes me feel better to move forward in life.
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