Start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. Then, on New Year's Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year. I think it'll be a good way for me to keep stuff in perspective.
Throught the year get everyone in the family or If your single just yourself to write down good things as they happen during the year and place in the jar so on New Years Eve you can open it a read all the things that were great about your year
If your S/O is deployed and you don't get to talk to him often this would be a GREAT idea- When you make a memory that you wish you could've shared, or have something to tell him and don't wanna forget, WRITE it down!