While some New Years Resolutions are admirable like “lose 10 pounds” or “save money” are admirable, they very rarely ever last through the new year. This is mainly because we are trying to give ourselves a quick fix versus focusing on the things really making you unhappy or holding us back. Here are “12 New Years Resolutions Worth Having” that will force you to do just that.
Make an effort to wake up grateful for everything and anything you have. Say, “thank you” more. Let your friends and family know how much you care about them. Your life may not be perfect, but taking time to be grateful for the little things can have a huge affect on your mental health and relationships.
Learn something new everyday
Even if it’s something as small as reading an article on something you find interesting or reading a whole book on a subject, push yourself to learn new things and expand your view of the world.
Go to a place you’ve never been
Whether it’s a city in your state or a country all the way on the other side of the world take the time to grow this year by making yourself uncomfortable and experiencing new things. As Ibn Battuta once said, “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
Be more mindful
Unplug and take the time to notice and appreciate the little things. Being more mindful allows you to live in the now and take things day by day and moment by moment.
Have more control over your thoughts
Your intentions and thoughts become actions, so think wisely. Make a concerted efforts to redirect your negative thoughts into positive ones and see how much your life changes.
Surround yourself with people who elevate you
Let go of all the people who dull your shine, poison your spirit, or bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues and surround yourself with people who inspire you, uplift you, and encourage you to pursue good habits and your goals.
Take care of your body
This year focus less on a number on the scale and focus on taking care of your body. Get lots of sleep, drink plenty of water, eat veggies, but really focus on your body and listening to it’s needs. Stop buying into the idea that you have to hustle 24/7 and take time to take care of yourself.
Break a bad habit
Whether you need to stop smoking or actually starting to answer text messages, now is the time. Stop waiting for tomorrow to break unhealthy habits.
Less T.V., more books
The average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube. While some T.V. can be educational, that’s time you could be spending being transported to new worlds, learning new things, or bettering yourself.