New Year’s Eve has a magic about it – it’s the time when every child and adult believes deep in their heart that the coming year will bring a positive change. I’ve got a few ideas on the things to do on New Year’s Eve for all those who want to celebrate this magic in a more meaningful way.
This childlike anticipation of positivity is especially evident this year, given that 2020 has brought us a series of unexpected challenges and unfortunate events. Even the most skeptical of us still hope deep inside that 2021 will be a better year.
So let’s tune into the spiritual meaning of this time and program ourselves and our lives for improvement! Below are a few rituals to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a meaningful way.
5 Meaningful Things to Do on New Year’s Eve
1. Declutter your home
Decluttering your home is more than just a boring chore. It also has a number of unexpected mental health benefits, and studies confirm it. It gives you a sense of order, helping you organize your thoughts and, eventually, your life.
Hard to imagine a better time to declutter than right before the year ends!
Throw away all the stuff you don’t need. You can also add some spirituality to it by visualizing negative energy being removed from your home with every unnecessary item you get rid of.
This practice symbolizes letting go of redundant things in your life and starting a new chapter.
I also make sure I don’t have any pending housework left for the next year, like laundry or dirty dishes. It gives me a sense of closure and satisfaction, making me feel free to say goodbye to the ending year and welcome the new one with a clear mind (and home).
2. Open your gratitude jar or write a gratitude list
Gratitude is a universal practice that works wonders both for spiritual and non-spiritual people. It’s the simplest way to feel happy with what you have!
There is a beautiful technique called ‘gratitude jar’. To practice it, you should write down positive events whenever they happen and things you are grateful for on small pieces of paper and put those into a glass jar.
When the year ends, you should open the jar and read the notes. It’s obvious that recalling all the nice things that happened to you over the course of the year is going to make you feel happy and grateful.
If you don’t have a gratitude jar, you could start one in the coming year. Till then, another way to celebrate gratitude on New Year’s Eve is to make a list of all the things that make you feel happy and alive.
The purpose of this lovely ritual is to say thank you to the ending year, no matter how hard it was.
3. Write a letter to yourself
Another one of the meaningful things to do on New Year’s Eve is a letter to yourself. You could write about your goals for the next year as well as the lessons you learned in the current one.
You could think about the truths that opened your eyes and reflect on your personal evolution. Have you become a kinder, deeper, and more mindful version of yourself? Have you succeeded in combatting your fears and getting rid of limiting beliefs?
When the next New Year’s Eve comes, open your letter to see if you have achieved the things you had planned and whether the learned lessons have shaped you into a better human being. Reading a message from your older self can be truly eye-opening.
4. Make a list of meaningful New Year’s resolutions
Compiling a list of resolutions is one of the most popular things to do on New Year’s Eve. Every one of us has certain dreams, goals, and things we’d like to change or improve.
But except for listing obvious resolutions like ‘read more books’ or ‘work out every day’, try to think up a few truly meaningful ones. To do this, a great idea would be to meditate and engage in deep reflection.
Here are a few examples of questions you could ask yourself to come up with meaningful New Year’s resolutions:
- How could I bring more sense of purpose in my life?
- What personal qualities would I like to improve?
- Which of my character traits or thought patterns hold me back in life?
- What activities could I introduce into my daily routine to be happier and more motivated?
5. Celebrate your achievements
Finally, another meaningful way to say goodbye to the ending year is to focus on your achievements. After all, it’s the perfect time for summing up the results of your work and personal progress.
Once again, you could focus on your personal growth and other areas of your life rather than just career progress. In other words, think about all the improvements in yourself and your life that you achieved during this year.
For example, a seemingly insignificant habit like making a regular phone call to your grandmother is still an achievement.
This simple New Year ritual will help you feel better about yourself and look at the bright side, which is much needed in the tough times we are living in.
These are just some ideas on the things to do on New Year’s Eve to celebrate it in a more meaningful way. What about you? Are you planning to do something special? Please share your suggestions with us!
Till then, may the coming year bring you love, happiness, health, and peace!
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