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How to Start a Positive New Year

How to Start a Positive New Year

Happy New Year! It’s out with the old and in with the new, and we’re ready to say hello to bright beginnings in 2020. The New Year is a great opportunity to come to terms with the past and reset for the future, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. 

Positivity is key to creating an altruistic lifestyle in the New Year. If you want to start 2020 on a high note, check out these tips for living a positive life this year.

 

1. Lead a healthy lifestyle.

The first step towards a positive life in 2020 is feeling good physically. When you get a full night’s rest, eat nutritious food, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly, you will feel more alert, upbeat and all-around better. Making healthier choices will also lead you to a more fully altruistic lifestyle. 

 

2. Be consistently thankful.

It’s been said before and it’ll be said again: Gratitude is good for you. With the busy hubbub around the turn of the year, it’s easy to forget about the great things we have and be envious of the things we want. This mindset already sets us up for negative experience.

You can have a positive start to 2020 by being grateful for the people and things present in your life now. Try acknowledging something in your life that you are thankful for when you wake up each morning. By cultivating an attitude of gratitude, you establish an affirmative mindset for now and the coming months.

 

3. Let go of expectations.

This might be the most challenging part of positive living. With every New Year, we have a set of expectations we hope for, and when things don’t come true, we feel disappointment or even resentment. Letting go of expectations and accepting things for what they are allows you to embrace the New Year for whatever may come—good, bad and everything in between.

Easing your expectations may mean stepping back from social media, meditating or starting a journal. Whatever it means for you, embracing the New Year entirely for what it is—a fresh start—will make it a better experience overall.  

 

4. Give back to others.

One of the best ways to start a positive year is to help others have a positive year too. For some, the New Year may bring negative memories, difficult challenges or reminders of turmoil in their lives. You can be a force for good by giving back through donating or volunteering with local nonprofit organizations in your community.

When you help others live a more affirmative life, you subconsciously create a happier experience for yourself. Start 2020 off as a brighter year for everybody.

 

5. Maintain a positive attitude.

Finally, the best way to have a positive life this year is to maintain a positive attitude. It can be difficult to stay optimistic when things aren’t working out the way you hoped, but attitude is everything. Continue to use uplifting affirmations, outlets and sources whenever you feel challenged, and your attitude will blossom into an optimistic mindset.

Let 2020 have a positive impact on your life by following these simple steps. Embrace the New Year as a new opportunity, and continue to live a more altruistic lifestyle for now and years to come.

We welcome a new member to our Board of Directors

Dr. Manisha Sawhney is an Associate Professor of psychology at the University of Mary, Bismarck, where she teaches courses in psychology & graduate education program. She moved to Bismarck a decade ago from India to accompany her husband. Dr. Sawhney’s teaching expertise and research lies understanding the intersections between emotions, neurocognition, chronic disease and health.

An immigrant to the U.S., Dr. Sawhney is committed to providing students with help in university education and promoting inclusivity, and social responsibility through teaching and service. Dr. Sawhney is passionate about serving individuals from diverse cultures and helping people from different walks of life. She is an ardent follower of Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi, and firmly believes, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Dr Manisha joins us as a member of our Board of Directors and we are very pleased to receive her input and perspective.

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