Part Ways with the Past
It's hard to start the year fresh when your brain is cluttered with the unkind comment you made to your mother at Thanksgiving or the condolence note you forgot to send back in April. People observing the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, let go of this emotional baggage by doing Tashlikh, which literally means "casting off" and involves visiting a flowing body of water where they symbolically throw in the mistakes and sins of the previous year. Tend to your own emotional housekeeping by stopping by a local river and tossing in a few bread crumbs for every error you'd prefer to forget. It's just as satisfying as burning pictures of your ex—but with a smaller chance of setting your hair on fire.