Begin the new year the healthiest way possible by participating in the First Day Hike. January 1, 2014, all Georgia State Parks are having a First Day Hike. Find out more at gastateparks.org or call 800- 864-7275.
If you haven't yet been, go see the Enchanted Garden of Lights through Jan. 4 at Rock City Gardens at Lookout Mountain. There are one million lights featuring the North Pole. Visit seerockcity.com or call 800-854-0675.
Please don't miss the 17th Annual Polar Bear Swim on Jan. 1, at Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in Gainesville. Visit lckc.org or call 770-287-7888.
Treat your romantic side by going on a carriage ride by the beach at the Hard Labor Creek StatePark in Rutledge on Jan. 4. Enjoy the guided carriage ride while star gazing. Check it out at gastateparks.org or call 706-557-3001.
If you plan to be in South Georgia for the new year, go to the Walker W. Pier & Pavilion on Tybee Island. Go for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Visit tybeepolarplunge.com or call 912-663-1099.
Whether the year is celebrated by vigorous exercise, a plunge in icy waters, a carriage ride or hike, set the habit for the new year in ways that will bring the body, mind and soul in harmony with nature. Plan to eat more fresh produce, walk more and stress less. Worry doesn't change anything except the wrinkles on the face and the grey in the hair.
Whatever your plans, watch the video to learn how to say happy new year in seven languages and be prepared to wish everyone a very happy new year.