The year is about to end, and it’s a great time to take a look back and think about all the things that happened in your life in these 12 months. Did you learn an important lesson? Did your life become better or worse? Were you lucky to meet someone special this year?

Asking yourself these questions is just one of the meaningful things to do before the New Year.

Of course, the festive season is all about celebration, having fun, and spending time with your friends and family. And you should absolutely do that! But it’s also the right time to think about your personal evolution.

So, consider doing some of these things before the New Year if you seek to improve yourself and your life. There is still time!

6 Things to Do Before the New Year to Bring More Meaning to Your Life

1. Let go

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What weighs you down? It can be a bad habit, an unhealthy thought pattern, or even a person in your circle who makes you feel not good enough. You could be living in the past and dwell on regrets.

Whatever it is, the New Year is a great opportunity to let go of emotional baggage, past wounds, and toxic people.

New Year—new life” may sound like a cliché, but the symbolic meaning of this holiday can indeed give you an extra boost to change your life. Sometimes all we need is some extra motivation.

2. Forgive

Try to leave all the grudges behind. Someone may have hurt you, but if you dwell on your hurt feelings, you are doing more harm to yourself than the other person. Therefore, make a decision to not take any grudges with you into the New Year.

You don’t even have to make it up with the other person. After all, there are situations where it’s better to stay away from someone. Forgiving them and letting go of your hurt feelings is enough. Make a try to go on with your life without looking back at your past hurts.

Similarly, you should forgive yourself, too. Sometimes it’s even more important than forgiving others. Toxic guilt can ruin your life, so you absolutely don’t want to hold on to it in the New Year.

3. Say thank you

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No matter how hard this year may have been, I’m sure that you can recall a few positive things that happened to you in these 12 months. Maybe you met someone, achieved an important milestone, or started a new activity that made your life better.

There also have been numerous happy moments in your life during this year. Try to recall as many as you can. Then, focus on the feeling of happiness and gratitude that you get when you think about these things.

Say thank you to the ending year for all those blessings it has given you.

4. Review the results

Did your life get better or worse this year? Did you accomplish something you had long wanted? Was there an important change in your life or the way you view the world?

Take a moment to review the results you achieved this year—both positive and negative ones. It doesn’t have to be only about your career, though. Also think about your personal growth and the relationships with other people.

Taking an honest look at what you achieved or lost this year will give you some ideas on how to improve your life and become a better person.

5. Learn the lessons

Oftentimes, bad things that happen to us teach us much more than good ones. So, think about all the mistakes you made and all the adversities you faced this year.

Are there any life lessons you could learn? Could they help you avoid similar situations in the future? Was this a hint that you should change something in your attitude or behavior?

Failure can be a great teacher if you are willing to listen. So, instead of feeling bitter or blaming yourself, make sure you learn your lesson and take this wisdom with you into the New Year.

6. Set new goals

There is no better thing to do before the New Year than setting a new goal. Once again, the meaning of this holiday can do wonders for your motivation. You have reviewed your results and learned your lessons, so now it’s time to make new dreams and look into the future!

What would you like to accomplish in the coming year? Do you have a specific goal, like quitting smoking or starting your business? Maybe you’d like to set a personal growth goal, such as become a better parent or cultivate more patience?

The good old way is to write down a few New Year’s resolutions. Make sure you list specific things you’d like to achieve, though. A goal such as “make a career change” is less tangible and powerful than “open my own coffee shop”.

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These are just some of the things to do before the New Year if you seek to become a better person and bring more meaning to your life.

Do you need some extra inspiration? Check out our article “5 Meaningful Things to Do on New Year’s Eve“.

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