On New Year's Eve I don't stay up late. The glittering ball in Times Square will drop whether I watch it or not. But I am very aware of the ending of one year and the start of another. Though I don't make resolutions, I do write affirmations for the coming year. Affirmations make me focus on the positives in my life and positive words to describe them. Sometimes I write an affirmation on a small piece of paper, stick it in my pocket, and read it several times during the day. A recent affirmation: I am finding new ways to give and this makes me feel good inside. Do you feel like you're stuck in place? Start writing affirmations. All you need is a pencil, paper, and positive words like believe, thank, give, value, trust and care. Write your affirmations in the present tense even if they are not true yet. You may be surprised at the result.