How To Make Your New Year Happy and Fulfilling; Incredible Tips For Women

My family and I spent New Year’s Eve in a quiet and serene neighborhood away from the hassle and bustle of the city. To my amazement, when the clock struck midnight, the quiet and serene neighborhood came alive. The sky was lit with spectacular fireworks and the intriguing sounds that accompanied them.

To say that I love fireworks is an understatement. What a great way to start the New Year!

Here is a video my daughter captured of the spectacular fireworks.

 As usual, I received numerous Happy New Year messages from family, friends, and readers. I also sent out Happy New Year Messages to many. 

As I read through the numerous New Year messages and tried to reply to them, one thing stood out. We usually wish each other a Happy New Year. I started to reflect on what Happy New Year really means.

According to me, when you wish someone a Happy New Year, it means that you are wishing the person well. You’re wishing them good things that will make them feel happy and fulfilled. Some of the things include the following: 

  • Joy
  • Peace of mind
  • Love
  • Positivity
  • Success
  • Prosperity
  • Contentment
  • Fun
  • Good health


So, many of the Happy New Year Messages you received were sent in utmost good faith. 


It’s not enough to read the Happy New Year messages and smile. It’s best to appreciate the messages and take them seriously. 

You can do that by purposing to make your New Year happy and fulfilling. 

How To Make Your New Year Happy and Fulfilling

I believe you can make your New Year happy and fulfilling by doing simple and practical things that impact your life positively. Below are things you can do to make your New Year happy and fulfilling:

Make Yourself Look Fresh At The Beginning of the New Year

One of the things you can do to make your New Year happy and fulfilling is to start with a fresh look. The holidays have been long and it’s unlikely that you’ve been taking good care of yourself. 

Personally, I found that I’ve added weight after the holiday and my skin, hair, hands, and feet were unkempt.

If you’re like me, the first thing you can do before you go back to work is to make yourself look fresh. When you look and feel fresh, you feel good about yourself and you’re ready to face the New Year. It’s a great way of making yourself happy and fulfilled in the New Year.

Here are things you can do to give yourself a fresh look in readiness for the New Year:


  • Fix your hair
  • Have a manicure
  • Have a pedicure
  • Do a facial


I know times could be tough, especially after spending during the holidays. However, giving yourself a fresh look for the New Year is worthwhile. 

In addition, try to give yourself a fresh look throughout the year. You’ll be amazed at how great and happy you’ll feel. 

Declutter Your Space To Make The New Year Happy

Another thing you can do to make your New Year Happy and Fulfilling is to declutter your space. You can declutter your home and even your working space. 

Decluttering simply means getting rid of excess stuff. You can do this at the beginning of the year – before you become too busy.

You see, decluttering is great as it makes your space tidy. When your space is tidy, you feel happy, calm, and in control.


I decided to declutter my home on the 3rd day of this year. I started with the kitchen and was shocked at how much junk I had in there. For instance, there were about 8 empty tomato sauce bottles in the cupboards, empty bottles, numerous cartons, etc. 

My kitchen is now tidier, and I’m very happy about it.

Here are things you can remove from your space at the beginning of the year: 


  • Unused clothes
  • Unused shoes
  • Utensils you no longer use
  • Excess papers
  • Empty bottles and jars
  • Excess shopping bags
  • Empty cartons
  • Excess toys
  • Unused furniture
  • Unused gadgets such as phone charges, phone cases, earphones, etc


Once you declutter your space, you can sell some of the stuff in a yard sale. Alternatively, you can donate some of the usable items to charity.

It’s good to keep your space clutter-free throughout the year to help make the entire year happy and fulfilling.

Set Realistic Goals For The New Year

Many of us set New Year goals/resolutions. However, by the end of the year, we find that we have not achieved some of the goals. 

The reason could be that you set unrealistic goals at the beginning of the year. Goals that are too broad and too ambitious.

If you want to make the New Year happy and fulfilling, it’s best to set realistic goals. Goals that you can achieve or come close to achieving without feeling overwhelmed.

Some of the realistic goals you can set to make your New Year happy and fulfilling include the following:

  • Lose a certain amount of weight – if you have extra pounds.
  • Add a certain amount of weight – if you feel too skinny.
  • Save 20% of your income.
  • Have a date night once a month to strengthen your relationship with your partner
  • Have dinner 2 times a week with your family to strengthen your relationship.
  • Meet up for coffee with a different friend once a month to grow your social capital. 
  • Pray at least three times a week to grow your spirituality.

It’s good to write and stick your New Year goals somewhere you can easily see them. At the end of the year, you can assess how much you achieved. 

Make Self-Care A Priority To Make The New Year Happy and Fulfilling

In my article 10 awesome self-care tips for moms, I said it’s important for women to take care of themselves. If you want to make your New Year happy and fulfilling, it’s best to make self-care a priority. 

As a woman, you may sometimes feel like self-care is indulgent and selfish. That is far from the truth. When you practice self-care, you become happy. The happiness then trickles down to your loved ones. It’s thus a win-win for all. 

Here are some self-care tips that can help to make your New Year Happy and fulfilling:

  • Get enough sleep daily.
  • Go to the beauty parlor regularly to pamper yourself.
  • Soak in the bath regularly to relax and elevate your mood.
  • Have self-dates to connect with yourself.
  • Meet up with close friends regularly.
  • Exercise regularly to keep fit.
  • Make it a habit to read a book – it helps in stress reduction and mental stimulation. 
  • Watch your favorite series/soaps to keep yourself entertained and to reduce stress. 
  • Do things that bring you joy such as walking the dog, hiking, meditating, etc.

Set Aside Time For Personal Growth To Make Your New Year Happy and Fulfilling

Another thing you can do to make the New Year happy and fulfilling is to set aside time for personal growth. There’s a lot you can learn and do in 12 months to contribute to your personal development.

For instance, you can do the following in terms of personal development:

  • Develop one of your hobbies into something meaningful. 
  • Learn a new skill such as baking, gardening, knitting, etc.
  • Further your education. 
  • Learn a new language.

Personal growth gives you the skills and confidence to navigate different situations. It enables you to become the best version of yourself. 

If you set aside time for personal growth, you’ll definitely make your New Year happy and you’ll derive a lot of fulfillment. 

Do Small Acts Of Kindness To Make Your New Year Happy and Fulfilling


Another thing you can do to make your New Year happy and fulfilling is to do small acts of kindness throughout the year. There is a saying that “being kind to others is helping yourself.”


As I mentioned in the article “6 Simple Ways You Can Show Kindness to Others”, showing kindness is rewarding.  


In other words, when you do small acts of kindness, you boost the recipient’s mood and happiness. You also unknowingly boost your mood and your happiness.


So, make a deliberate attempt to show kindness to others this year. You will make you and the recipients happy.


There are numerous opportunities to do random acts of kindness to others. Just be on the lookout for the opportunities. 


Here are examples of small acts of kindness you can do to others:

  • Hold the lift for someone.
  • Give people genuine compliments.
  • Smile at people regularly – it makes you and the others feel good.
  • Reach out to people you haven’t seen or talked to for a while.
  • Visit your sick friend, relative, or neighbor.
  • Lend a listening ear to someone.
  • Always use the 5 magical words when interacting with people – please, excuse me, thank you, you’re welcome and sorry.
  • Give somebody your seat on public transport.

Remember, the smallest, random, acts of kindness have a huge impact on your life and on the lives of the recipients.


Live A More Spiritual Life To Make Your New Year Happy and Fulfilling


Do you believe in God? If you do, why not try to live a more spiritual life this New Year? You see, living a spiritual life can give you a sense of purpose, well-being, and peace. 


As a result, you become happier and more fulfilled throughout the year.


Here are things you can do to live a more spiritual life in the New Year:

  • Meditate regularly
  • Read the bible – you can use a Daily Guide to help you
  • Pray regularly
  • Join a prayer group
  • Attend church regularly
  • Join a bible study fellowship like BSF

Work, Rest, And Play To Make Your New Year Happy and Fulfilling 


Many of us women are caught up in the rat race. We work, work, and work in search of happiness and fulfillment. Interestingly, slogging away at work day in and day out can be counterproductive. 


If you want to make the New Year happy and fulfilling, it’s best to work, rest and play.


So, try to balance your work, rest and playtime. This means that you dedicate time to your work but also allocate time for sleep, relaxation, leisure, and quality time with your loved ones. Thank me later (smiling).




I hope these tips on how to make your New Year happy and fulfilling will be of benefit to you. Kindly share them with others. I wish you a happy and fulfilling New Year.


I'm a life coach, teacher, mother, wife, writer, and blogger. I love writing about well-being, relationships, and family.


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