Now that 2017 is here, we’re pretty sure that you want to make it much better than 2016. After all, it’s a new chance to start afresh and make every moment of this new year count. It doesn’t matter whether you had a good or bad 2016, because we believe that you can make 2017 awesome.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Things To Do To Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever:
1) Reflect on your experiences
What were your highest and lowest points in 2016? And more importantly, how did you deal with every experience? It helps to spend some time reflecting and figuring out how you’ve grown in the year. Think about how you could have handled certain situations better so that you can avoid repeating mistakes, and also figure out what kind of a person you want to be or don’t want to be – then set some goals and work towards them!
By taking this opportunity to learn some lessons and get rid of bad habits, you would definitely be well on your way to making 2017 a great year.
2) Count your blessings and be thankful
How much complaining did you do in 2016? If you’ve been focusing on the negative things, perhaps it’s time to change the way you think and start looking on the bright side of life! Research has shown that complaining is bad for your mental health because it alters your brain for the worse!
So why not cultivate positive thinking this year and make it a point to count your blessings regularly? You would not only be making yourself happier, but you would also be a joy to be around.
3) Spread joy by making others happy
Apart from making your happiness a priority, why not brighten the lives of others by making them happy too? Start by spending quality time with your loved ones, smile at that stranger sitting across you in the train, and do your part for the underprivileged! You may not realize it, but small actions can really put big smiles on the faces of others. What’s more, you would not only be making someone else’s day – but your own as well, because acts of kindness have been proven to increase life satisfaction.
4) Don’t be afraid to try new things
If you didn’t step out of your comfort zone much in 2016, then why not do it this year! Whether it’s signing up for your first Muay Thai class or exploring a foreign country on your own – there’s no better time to do it than now. So expand your horizons and take the plunge! Trust us, you have nothing to lose and new experiences to gain. And at the end of the day, these experiences would help you to grow and shape you as a person.
5) Be kind to yourself
Make it a point to be your own best friend this year, because if you don’t treat yourself with the love and respect you deserve, who else will? Yes, we know it’s easy to beat yourself up when you make mistakes, or when things don’t go your way. After all, it sometimes feels like you only have yourself to blame. But here’s the thing: it’s okay to fall from time to time, as what truly matters is how you’re able to pick yourself up and bounce back.
This year, learn to fully embrace yourself, quirks and all. Stop focusing on your shortcomings, and learn to turn your weaknesses into strengths by aiming to improve by 1% daily – be it as a martial artist, a friend, a lover, or a person. By doing so, there’s no doubt that you would eventually evolve into the best version of yourself.
So tell us, are you ready to make 2017 your best year ever?