Take some time out as the year winds down to make a list of people you need to apologize to, forgive and encourage. Beside each name create an action illustrating what you might do to display your empathy. Why do this? The objective is to free up your own energy for the new year. You are also detaching yourself from persisting negative situations. You may find yourself possibly converting them into positive experiences. If only we could start the year with a clean slate. This is one thing you can do to create a fresh start for the New Year.