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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.

Our Impact in 2018

January 1-December 31
  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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