Simple Positive Ways To Welcome The New Year


Taking a cue from Japanese traditions, here are a few simple ways to prepare for, or usher in the New Year.

These suggestions involve organizing, reflecting, and creating—great ideas for entering 2015 feeling at peace and refreshed, ready to work on any goals you might choose to set (or not).

A Simple Start

  1. Organize your paperwork by sorting through piles of paper, clearing out stuffed files, or desk drawers.
  2. Decide what charitable causes or organizations to support and make or set up contributions.
  3. Although giving your entire home a thorough cleaning is ideal, consider giving one area, or a single room, a good spruce-up. If that seems too daunting, how about a closet?
  4. If you owe a person or a company some money and can pay it off now, do so. Even eliminating a small debt can lighten the load.
  5. Most of us have some task or project that needs finishing such as sewing a button on a coat, putting pictures in an album, finishing up a scrapbook, or painting the trim in the guest bedroom. It feels good to get things done.
  6. Take some time to reconnect with a person you have lost touch with. Send an email, surprise them with a handwritten note sent by snail mail, or give them a call.
  7. Carve out some quiet, alone time to reflect on the past year—both high and lowlights. If you have social media records, journal entries, or photos from the past 12 months, looking through them will help jog your memory and emotions. Or, just sit still and see what comes to mind.
  8. End the old year, or begin the new one, by writing a poem. It can be very short or pages long. Exercising your creativity is a positive way to give closure to what is past, and let freshness in.

Source: ToDo Institute
Photo credit: Maxwell GS / flickr creative commons


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