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In our new series, One Fun Thing, we’re bringing you small, specific and low-effort ways to have more fun, plus a question to help you check in with yourself and others, and upcoming wellness events.

With 2023 around the corner, there’s plenty of pressure to set goals, start fresh and generally make the upcoming year the best it can be.

But the truth is the start of a new year looks and feels different for everyone. It might be a time to reflect or make changes — or Jan. 1 might just feel like any other day.

You get to choose how you welcome the new year based on what is most helpful for you. And that means taking the new year traditions and celebrations that serve you and letting the rest go.

One fun thing: choose your own new year adventure

Choose one small action that is best for you in the new year.

Start the year with one small action to honor what you want — not what you’re told you should want or do.

If that means ignoring resolutions, so be it. If it’s reframing resolutions as intentions that you set for yourself, that’s wonderful. Or maybe what you really need right now isn’t another thing to do, but rather to take something off your plate.

There’s lots of advice about how to best greet the new year. But what feels right for you?

Question of the month

A way to check in with each other and ourselves. Use this question to connect with co-workers at your next meeting, to start a conversation around the dinner table or as a journal prompt.

Reflect back on the year: What was the highlight of each month, and where did this year take you?


Created in collaboration with Anne Browning, PhD, associate dean for Well-Being, UW School of Medicine.