Nothing marks a fresh start better than a new year. So why not make 2015 all about creating a Happy New You? That’s right, an entire 365 days dedicated to giving to yourself and to others in the pursuit of happiness. Here’s how.

Reward yourself

Whether you’ve been working hard, finished a project, broken a personal best or recently celebrated a special life event like having a baby, finishing your studies or getting married, there’s no better way to treat yourself than with a little reward.

It can be as simple as flowers, a pedicure, or a night out with your partner or friends or – should the occasion call for something a little grander – champagne or a pair of earrings you’ve been eyeing out. It doesn’t have to be fancy or overly indulgent, just choose something that will brighten your day.

Learn from your past mistakes

We all make mistakes, but the most important thing to do is to learn from them and try not to repeat them. Make 2015 a year of positive change and growth. Acknowledge what you may have done wrong, make amends and give yourself permission to move on.

Nurture relationships

Life can get busy and sometimes among all the stress and noise, it can be hard to find time for all the people you know and love. This year, try and make nurturing the important relationships in your life a priority.

Send your partner a text to let them know you are thinking of them during the middle of the day. Spend time with your children when they get in from school and talk about their day. Schedule social catch-ups with friends and extended family at least once a month. Call your parents to see how they are. Send a card to a friend or family member who may be going through a hard time to let them know you are thinking of them. A small gift of jewellery can be a special item will be cherished for years to come and will remind the receiver of a special connection or moment you shared.

Share what time you can – people will appreciate and acknowledge that you’re making an effort to keep in touch and be in their lives.

Be positive

The ‘Is the glass half full or half empty?’ analogy is a well-known one. This year aspire to be a ‘half full’ type of person. Choose to think the positive over the negative in situations, to see the best in people, and practice gratitude for what you do have (instead of lamenting what you don’t). Smile and think positive thoughts. You’ll be surprised at what it reflects back at you.

Are you ready to start enjoying a Happy New You?


Us girls are pretty easy to satisfy, right? Fine jewellery, a longed-for book or something scented are all great gift ideas. Unfortunately, men are not that simple to buy for, especially when a visit to the hardware store is like a trip to a foreign country for us girls. Don’t worry – here’s everything you need to know about spoiling the man in your life.

Fashion-forward fellas

For men who enjoy the finer things in life, there are a few perennial fashion favourites. A fine leather wallet is a good idea if his current one is looking a little scrappy. A set of quirky cuff links, or even a personalised key ring can work too. Slick jewellery like an engraved bracelet or a smart watch is always a popular choice.

Action man

If your partner prefers exploring the great outdoors than exploring his fashionable side, an adventure filled gift is a great idea. If he’s an adrenalin freak, treat him to a heart-pumping session racing a V8 super car, jumping out of a plane or swimming with sharks at the local aquarium. Not that keen to send him on a death-defying mission? You can still get him excited with activities like a trip to an air show, a day out on a gorgeous yacht or golfing lessons with a buddy.

For the hobbyist

Then there are the men with hobbies. If he’s an amateur, he’s sure to appreciate photography lessons, cooking classes or lessons on how to brew beer in the garage. Or perhaps he is a collector. A coveted bottle of whisky or fine wine will have him beaming, as will that vinyl record he’s been hunting for on eBay.

A bit of pampering

Just like us ladies, men love a bit of pampering from time to time. So this year, you could treat him to something he’s unlikely to ever buy for himself: a massage, a men’s facial or even a manicure. You’re sure to appreciate the results just as much as he will!