You Best Year Ever

Wednesday December 29, 2021

At the end of each of the past 16 years, I have used this space to publish these 21 Suggestions for Success authored by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

Cut this out and put it on the refrigerator. Read this list often and take these suggestions to heart. The more of these you achieve, the better place you are for having your best year ever in 2022. 

  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery. 
  2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent. 
  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. 
  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. 
  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others. 
  6. Be generous. 
  7. Have a grateful heart. 
  8. Persistence, persistence, persistence. 
  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary. 
  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated. 
  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement. 
  12. Commit yourself to quality. 
  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect. 
  14. Be loyal. 
  15. Be honest. 
  16. Be a self-starter. 
  17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong. 
  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  19. Be loyal and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did. 
  20. Take good care of those you love. 
  21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.

Best wishes for a happy, successful, and healthy 2022. Happy New Year!

Dr. St. Clair maintains a private dental practice in Rowley and Newburyport dedicated to health-centered family dentistry. He has a special interest in treating snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ problems. If there are certain topics you would like to see written about or questions you have, please email them to him at

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