Whether you were fully ready to leave the dumpster fire that was 2019 in the past or you’re just looking for a refresher on what was a pretty awesome year for you, 2020 just started and that makes it the perfect time to create and implement resolutions. If you’re not entirely sure what you want 2020 to look like, here are some suggestions to create a happier outlook in your 2020 and beyond.
A gratitude practice can make your life better at any time, but because new years offer us a blank slate to start new projects, ideas, and habits without judgment that we might impose on ourselves at other times of the year, it’s a perfect time to start this habit. Your gratitude practice can be as involved or as simple as you’d like, but we recommend starting small. Carve out five minutes at the end of your day to jot down three things that day that made you grateful. As much as possible, try not to repeat anything. By the end of the year, you’ll have a whole notebook of things to look back at and smile remembering. Plus, it’s been scientifically proven that engaging in a gratitude practice can lower anxiety levels and increase the good things you notice on a day to day basis.
Write it Out
Journaling is a great way to get out all that mental gunk at the end of a day. Journaling helps you understand what’s going on in your head a little better. It’s excellent for capturing new ideas as they pop into your head and being able to review them later. It can even help you sleep better at night! Above all else, journaling helps you record your life as it happens. At this stage of your life, things happen fast. In a few months, you might be grateful that you have a written record to look back on.
Try Something New
Pick up a new hobby (like photography…who know you could become the next great Denver Photographer like Monty!), take a class on something new, sign up for an elective you might not have otherwise chosen, pick up a new sport, whatever new thing is nudging at you – try it! If you start something new now, by the time 2021 rolls around you might just find yourself an expert in something entirely new. That’s a pretty exciting prospect, right?
Few things provide the kind of soul boost that volunteering does. Giving of your free time to help others, donating your efforts to a cause that you care deeply about, it helps you feel more connected with your community. More than that, it allows you to see the impact a single person (you!) can have in this world. We all know the world can seem like a pretty dark place sometimes. Having a regular time commitment that helps brighten your world and the worlds of others is an excellent resolution to help you maintain an optimistic outlook this year and beyond.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to look at how far you’ve come and where you want to go next. If a happier outlook and a little more optimism in your daily life is what you’re looking to achieve this year, consider trying one or all of the things recommended in this article. Let us know how it works out for you!