I'm working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone's project will look different, but it's the rare person who can't benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.
I'm a big believer in using milestone moments as cues for evaluation and reflection. Hitting a milestone like a major birthday, marriage, the death of a parent, the birth of a child, the loss of a job, an important reunion, or the accomplishment of a career marker like getting tenure or making partner, often acts as a catalyst for positive change.
The new year is, of course, a milestone that we all share. The tradition of making New Year's resolutions reflects the fact that a lot of us want the change in the calendar to prompt a change in our lives.
If you'd like to do some self-reflection, but you're not sure exactly how to get started, check out the questionnaires on the University of Pennsylvania's Authentic Happiness site. It has nineteen scientifically tested questionnaires that cover your overall happiness, your character strengths, your optimism, your perseverance, your compassion, and many other aspects of your life and character.