I have wisely chosen not to make a New Year's resolution. I've never managed to stick with one, and there's no reason to think I will this year.
I wouldn't say 2008 was great because the economy tanked so badly. I'd like to say 2009 will be fine, but our depression is probably going to get worse before it gets better. Having said that, I still think that we all have the choice to be happy or sad, regardless of the economy, and world events.
I'm not suggesting a Pollyanna outlook on life, but I believe that we do have some control as to how our days go. It's harder to think positive, than it is to think negatively, according to experts.
The answer is, you have to force yourself to think of something positive, but in time it will come easy as you train your brain! Happy New Year's To You!