The first month of a new year is often filled with fear, anticipation and sometimes frustration. There’s a whole lot of things we didn’t yet accomplish that we often feel pressured to do this year (lose weight, make more money, find our true love). And there’s often a sense of grief associated with that as we slowly say good-bye to 2010 and reflect on what we’re proud of what what we regret.

Speaking of regrets, a lot of you had very different views about this statement told to me by a relative: “You haven’t really lived, if you haven’t had regrets.” (You can read their opinions here and contribute your own on our Facebook page.)

If you feel regretful and frustrated about last year, there are still lots of things you can do to remedy that. In fact, there are five.

Life may not automatically be easier once the clock struck midnight in 2011, but there are still a lot of things to be hopeful for.

I wish all of you a wonderful weekend, one filled with hope, health and the courage to make positive changes in 2011.

Hope you enjoy these posts!

How to Get Your Own Cooperation: Taming Your Subconscious Mind

(Neuroscience & Relationships) – Does your 2011 goals feel like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? No matter how much you try, you just can’t seem to reach it. This post may help explain why you feel stuck and can’t seem to break a habit or achieve a goal no matter how much you want it.

Understanding and Building a ‘Me’ Marriage

(Healing Together for Couples) – Want a happy marriage? Having a “me” marriage is key. You might think having that kind of relationship is so not for you. But read this before you make your decision.

Mindful Parenting Can Help Your Marriage

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – How much of your day is spent feeling consumed with stress and not being present? This top post discusses the way doing the opposite, being more mindful, can make you a better parent and a better partner.

Habits: Choosing and Re-choosing Your Path in Life

(The Therapist Within) – Feel overwhelmed by everything you want to accomplish in 2011? This post will put things in perspective for you. Instead of one giant goal, think small steps toward reshaping your life.

Just a Little Addicted

(An Epidemic of Addiction) – Just like you can’t be a little pregnant, this post demonstrates the all or nothing perspective of addiction. In it, Dr. Jeffrey Junig answers a commenters question while helping us to better understand addiction.