How to Recharge and Find Happiness in the New Year

How to Refresh Yourself and Find Happiness

I love beginnings. Like the start of a new job, a new friendship, a new month, and now, a new year. It’s a time to reflect on the good and bad that has happened, and be able to reinvent yourself from it. Everyone has goals to come back stronger in the new year and today I’m going to share a few tips to make that possible.

1. Buy a planner

…or download one, if that’s more your thing. I remember back to a time where I never used planners to jot down lists, appointments, notes, etc, and my life was a complete mess. I would miss deadlines, arrive late to everything (still sort of working on that one), and feel overwhelmed with trying to remember everything.

2. Develop positive thinking patterns

I’m striving for 2016 to be a year of positivity. Positive thinking is a well-known and successful strategy for improving quality of life and creating happiness. It doesn’t mean I’ll be looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses, but I’m going to allow my mind to focus on strengths and accomplishments, rather than weaknesses and setbacks. This, in turn, opens the mind to opportunity and allows more potential for making progress – leaving less time for feeling down and “stuck”.

3. Establish short and long-term goals

What’s on the cards for you in 2016? Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life. No one is going to create opportunities for you, if you want it, you have to make it happen.


4. Detox your clutter

Nothing says a fresh start like a fresh wardrobe! But I’m not just talking about cleaning out your wardrobe (which you should definitely do), it’s a time to refresh your desk, bedroom, contacts, and phone. Digital clutter can be just as anxiety-inducing as piles of useless junk on your desk. 

5. Focus on building important friendships…

Friendships are incredibly important. At certain stages in our lives, friendships are everything to us – the most important thing in our lives. Cultivating lasting, loving friendships takes time and effort and you must choose them wisely. Surround yourself with people who only see the good in you. I’ve realized how important it is to have real friendships, rather than lots of friends.

6. …and ease out of toxic ones

You are as good as the people you surround yourself with, so be brave enough to let go of those holding you down. Letting go of people who do not nourish your authentic self is an essential part of self-love.

7. Set health specific goals

The mental and physical benefits of following a healthy lifestyle are significant, including healthy relationships, happiness, positive attitudes, lower stress levels, etc. Setting specific goals like “go to the gym twice this week” or “do yoga video after work” is much more effective than saying “get healthy” or “lose weight.” Don’t disregard small changes you make towards a healthy lifestyle, they have a greater effect on your mood than you would believe.


8. Simplify your life

Simplifying your life means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value. I could write an entire article dedicated to living simply, but this one does it just perfectly.

9. Practice self-love

Did you know that you’re very special? There is no other person in this world like you. Practicing self-love can be challenging for many of us, especially in times when we face serious challenges. Try loving and positive affirmations. Nourish your soul through a love-kindness meditation or spiritual practices that help you feel compassion and love toward yourself. A simple way to get started is beginning your day by telling yourself something really positive – anything that will make you smile.

10. Express gratitude

People who express gratitude on a regular basis have higher levels of optimism, physical well-being, alertness, and determination.  “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward. When you practice gratitude, worries and other negative emotions will fall by the wayside. I wholeheartedly love this article depicting 50 ways to show gratitude for people in your life.

  • I loved this post! :) Planning and setting goals are always a must in the new year for me. I also think easing out toxic friendships was important for me last year, and I feel so much better after it. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • Thankyou Jessie! Couldn’t agree with you more.

  • Gratitude and positivity go such a long way towards mental happiness! Love these tips, will definitely try to practice some for the new year!

    Nabihah | Enter my Giveaway Here!

    • Definitely agree! Thanks so much Nabihah.

  • I feel like I actually hit a lot of these points in the past four months in terms of self growth – but that doesn’t mean I can’t improve. Thank you so much for the list – it’s a lot easier to keep track of these things! But, I still have to work on not being perpetually late, too… It’s a bad habit to cut, haha. And decluttering, too. A messy space makes my entire life feel messy.

    becky ♡ star violet

    • I’m so glad you found it useful. I’m exactly the same when it comes to messy spaces!

  • Laura Mareno

    Such and inspiring list for the new year! I really want to work on expressing gratitude! kisses:D

    • Thanks so much Laura!

  • This list is so useful and motivating! I might print this out and post it on my inspiration board for the year :)

    Akino |

    • That would be amazing! I have to get started on my inspiration board!

  • missgetaway

    Ahhh this is such an amazing post! Thanks a lot for sharing <3

    Love, kerstin

    • I’m so happy you liked it! Thanks Kerstin. :)

  • Such a cute post! I’m really excited for the new year, I love fresh starts and the feeling to be able to start from scratch! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

    • Thanks Ariadna! Couldn’t agree more :)

  • Great post! I am ready for the new year! New year new goals!

  • I agree with all of this! I am so ready for the new year, and can’t wait for 2015 to be over and done with! xx, kenz

  • I loved how you ended with expressing gratitude. Saying thank you and really appreciating the things, people and opportunities around us is so important to our health and ability to make an impact. I love this post and all the ways we can refresh for the new year! Definitely incorporating some of these into my goals for 2016!

  • Dara

    Love these tips! I think #2 Develop Positive Thinking Patterns is definitely the most challenging. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a ‘yuck’ state of mind. Love the Simplify Your Life! I think that is a great goal for 2016. XO


  • megsiobhan

    #2 is definitely something I need to take on board, seeing as not doing much of that this year led to a period where I was quite down in the dumps towards the end of this year! :(
    Great post!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

    • I know right! Couldn’t agree more :) Thinking positively is something that sounds so simple but is actually quite difficult, though I’ve definitely been trying hard to achieve that! I have a personal mantra to “don’t worry, be happy”. I’m sorry to hear that you were down this year, but I hope you had a merry Christmas – and have a happy new year! We can all learn something from Tip #2 of this enlightening and inspirational post haha!

      • megsiobhan

        That’s so true. It’s easy enough to say, but implementing it is another thing!

        Thank you dear. Christmas was pretty chilled, and to be honest, just trying to take everything as it comes!

  • Really inspiring one. The most focus of all would be simplifying life. Getting there already but could be better definitely :)

    Real Life Nerd //

    • I know! Angela always has the most inspirational and amazing posts – and she always knows what to say haha. I agree with you – the simplest things in life are often the best! :)

  • Simplifying life and having short and long-term goals are a few of my focus areas this year! Xo, Stephanie