A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, a most common event to happen as people welcome the new year, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life. It is wise, from time to time, to stop and evaluate our lives as we seek to make the most of them.
The start of a new year provides a natural opportunity to look back and offers an extra push toward new adjustments going forward. That’s why New Year’s resolutions are so popular. Sometimes New Year’s resolutions are about losing things: extra weight, debt, or emotional baggage. Sometimes, on the other hand, they’re about gaining something, like a new lifestyle, skill or hobby.
Here is our list of the Top Ten resolutions:
Lose Weight: The number one New Year’s resolution is to adjust one’s weight (mostly down). This will last three days or until the leftover snacks appear. Joining a health club is part of this resolution and last generally one month. Start small with cutting one bad food from your diet. Don’t tell people you are on a diet, just say you are eating healthy from now on.
Money: If there’s one New Year’s resolution that will help you the most, in the long run, it’s making a vow to save more money. Creating a savings plan or investment opportunity, saving money makes everyone feel better.
Eating Healthy: Everyone wants to eat healthier in the new year, not a diet or trying to lose weight. Make a promise to try to eat more diverse and healthy foods.
Drink Less: You already know you don’t need to drink to have fun — and so why not make this year the one you cut back and find alternative beverages to enjoy.
Plan a Trip: People who vacation at least twice a year have a lower heart attack risk than those who rarely travel. And researchers have found that even thinking about an upcoming trip can boost happiness for weeks. Even a three-day getaway can change your attitude.
Enjoy Music: Make a playlist of songs that make you happy. Listening to any happy-making tune can work multiple mind-body wonders including reducing pain during exercise, elevating mood, and lowering stress, research shows.
Less Phone: In a recent survey, 83% of readers said they lost track of how long they spent on their devices. But short of deleting all social apps, it can be hard to trade screen time for more productive pastimes like walking the dog and coffee with friends.
Stay Informed: It is extremely important more than ever to stay informed. If you’re sick of sifting through the clutter on Facebook or Twitter, join Flipboard. Think of it as your personal news hub. Limit the political and negative news each day by only listening or viewing one 30 minute update.
Meditate every day: The benefits are endless (think better sleep, less stress, and more focus), but it can be hard to switch off your mind at first. Go for a walk listening to soothing music (see above). More important is having time alone to reflect in a positive manner.
Support a Charity: Most people with a beating heart want to live generous lives. Most people desire to solve problems and support causes we believe in. Stop waiting for excess money to be left at the end of the month to get started, Instead, get started today—right now. Pick one charity and set yourself up as a recurring monthly giver—even if it’s just $5.00 – $10.00 per month. Not only will you feel good solving problems in your community, but the action will also show you that you do have the margin to give. Sometimes volunteering is also a charitable gesture.
Adopting a large list of resolutions is almost certainly too much to ask. But choose one or two specifically that will help you and you can be passionate about. You’ll be surprised how quickly they make a difference in your outlook toward personal happiness.