By setting authentic new year intentions and keeping them close, we can carve a happier path for ourselves. Instead of destroying old habits this year, let’s consider the power of focusing on new energies.
“When you have clarity of intention, the universe conspires with you to make it happen.” – Fabienne Fredrickson
New Year’s resolutions can motivate positive growth, which is what most of us want to achieve in the year to come. I wanted to try something different this year. Instead of setting resolutions to do (or not do) something, I’m setting positive new year intentions for how I want to feel, be, and experience my experiences.
Resolutions can seem obligatory after a while–If we slack on our goals, it’s hard not to feel like a failure. Cultivating new healthy habits can be overwhelming if we set lofty expectations, especially if it’s coming from a place of perceived lack (which many new year resolutions do) and especially if we’re trying to change more than one thing at a time.
Creating meaningful intentions might serve us better throughout the year.
Expectations aside, think about how you want to feel instead of how you don’t want to feel. Instead of resolving to start something because you’re lacking somewhere, focus on what you love and want more of in your life. Let your new year intentions be powered by your love for something.
What the year brings to you has a lot to do with what you bring to it. As the saying goes, “Energy flows where intention goes.” By setting simple, genuine intentions that encapsulate the pleasure we find in pursuing what matters to us, we can align ourselves with the positive energy that will make those intentions become our reality.
- The resolution to lose weight is about sacrifice and depends on self-control.
- The intention to have a healthy relationship with your weight is based on on acceptance (love).
If you can find pleasure in pursuing a healthier relationship with your body, the work you put in will come from a very different mental place. You can set the intention, “I want to have a healthier relationship with my weight,” before you reach for a dessert. Whether you eat the dessert or not, you can continue to cultivate more acceptance and love in your relationship.
Intentions are not goals attached to external outcomes. They simply help us align with what we most want; they help us approach situations and decisions with that energy we want to live in. Your intentions are about what you bring to situations, to the new year, to life.
Here a some helpful steps to setting positive new year intentions:
- Clarify your intention. What do you want to cultivate in your life? It must be authentic. As examples, you can phrase your intention as, “I want,” “I intend,” “May I,” or “Please help me.”
- Visualize your intention. Imagine what it might look and feel like. How might it show up in your life?
- Develop an affirmation to help realize that intention. Affirmations are clear, positive statements, in the present tense, that encapsulate what you want to create.
- Develop a mantra that you can use when you need a quick reminder to come back to your intention. A mantra can be a single word and is used as a focal point of concentration.
- Put your intention into words. Be succinct, and repeat it out loud. Hang it up on the fridge, write it in your travel-sized notebook, or put it in your phone.
- Free yourself from pressure. You can use one intention per month, or one for the entire year: It’s really up to you. Once you’ve set your intention each day, let any expectations go. Let it be an enjoyable practice. The way you demonstrate your commitment to your intention has room to breathe. Let the energy–your actions and decisions–follow your intention with ease, in a spontaneous spirit.
This year, I’m setting new year intentions to help me align with happiness. I can let my happiness be genuine and unrestrained by deadlines or to-dos; my joy can come forth naturally in whatever ways feel right for me. Some days will be easier and some will be harder. That’s all good, because I can always use one of the following intentions to help me realign with what I want, with how I want to feel.
In this collection of new year intentions, the subjects of trust, acceptance, and gratitude are touched upon–all subjects in the classroom of happiness. May you find an intention here that you feel connected to and want to use.
12 Positive New Year Intentions for Happiness
1. Intention: I want to enjoy my life to the fullest.
Affirmation: I fully embrace the beauty of the little things. My smile is a symbol of hope, my kindness is a show of light, my presence is a gift to all, and my gratitude is a magnet for more to enjoy.
2. Intention: May I experience the peace that happiness brings.
Affirmation: I am willing to choose happiness in this moment.
3. Intention: May I be humble enough to surrender the things I cannot control.
Affirmation: I let go of what I think should be different, and I let it be what it is.
4. Intention: I want to have a healthy relationship with my body, mind, and soul.
Affirmation: I nourish and energize my body because I care for my body. I nurture my mind with positive thoughts that propel me forward. I connect to my soul through stillness and a loving perception.
5. Intention: I intend to be in tune with the moment.
Affirmation: I can slow down, take a mindful breath, and strengthen my awareness. I am fully present to what life brings. My presence is my power.
6. Intention: Please lift my thoughts to love, for everyone and everything, and for myself. Then I will know peace.
Affirmation: I choose love in this situation. I prioritize peace over the pain of separation. I opt for compassion instead of judgment. I prefer joy to fear.
7. Intention: I want to appreciate everything in my life as much as possible.
Affirmation: I honor my feelings and let them pass. I bow to the lessons that show up in my life. I am willing to be grateful in any given moment. Life is still worthy of my thanks.
8. Intention: May I remember to praise progress and forget perfection.
Affirmation: Life is a journey. I am a work in progress, and I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself. I accept this stage in my journey.
9. Intention: When life is hard, please help me see things in a new light.
Affirmation: I am willing to see things differently, and I request that shift in perception.
10. Intention: I intend to trust the process of life.
Affirmation: Even and especially when things don’t go according to plan or preference, I remain willing to trust that the universe has my back and a higher plan is unfolding for the greatest good.
11. Intention: I want lightness of being.
Affirmation: I align myself with peace and calm, not stress. I am aligned with the joy and light of my highest self.
12. Intention: May I always rise above what pains me.
Affirmation: I am willing to forgive my negativity and the stress. I am willing to forgive others for their trespasses. I am willing to forgive myself for holding onto what doesn’t serve me (beliefs, grudges, worries, stress). I am forgiving life for not being what I thought it should be. I can rise above this pain through forgiveness.
- What are your new year intentions?
- What are you passionate about and what would you like to create more of?
- What would you like to experience or feel this year? How would you like to be?
- How do you plan on experiencing more joy this year?
Please share your new year intentions and accompanying affirmations, positive practices, helpful insights, and any stories with me in the comments.
Share these new year intentions with someone who might enjoy them.
I hope that you release yourself from the pressure, so you can enter the new year with a feeling of freedom, joy, growth, authenticity, and hope. May your days be filled with genuine moments of whatever it is you want.