January is always thought of as the month of renewal, rebirth and of course resolutions. The one resolution I hear over and over again usually has something to do with changes we are willing to undertake to make our lives better.
I believe Emerson said it best about how to succeed at living well and he didn't mention a word about making more money, killing it in your spinning class or adopting a child army from a third world country. In other words, the old guy must have know something about the basic abc's of 'living well'
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.