Resolutions Worth Making
New Year resolutions come and go; but the voice inside my head, telling me to make changes, is fairly constant.
Through the years I’ve learned it’s unrealistic to aim high. Lofty resolutions are seldom kept.
It’s better to choose something you would like to improve, keep it simple, and focus all of your energies on it.
If you fail to keep the resolution for whatever reason, accept your humanity . . . and simply start over. Treat each day like a new beginning.
It’s never too late to make changes that promise to bring balance and harmony into your life.
Easy ideas for positive change for the New Year and every day
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!
—William Arthur Ward
- Adopt a healthier lifestyle—Take a short walk every day. Try up-and-down the stairs at home or once around the block with the dog. At work, try parking a little bit further out than usual. Five or ten minutes of walking isn’t too much to ask. Walking will increase your metabolism and give you more energy.
- Improve your eating habits—Eliminate just one vice item from your diet. For example, if you are in the habit of snacking on potato chips, quit. Completely remove the chips from your shopping list; if they aren’t in the house, you won’t be tempted.
- Increase your water intake—Start with a glass of water a day and work up to at least two quarts. Drinking water cleanses the toxins from your body, keeps you feeling full, and will hydrate you from the inside out to give your skin a youthful glow.
- Savor suppertime—Eat dinner at the table. Turn off the television, use good china, pour a glass of wine, and eat slowly. Enjoy your food and, if not alone, quiet conversation with your company.
- Renew old friendships—Write or phone good friends with whom you have lost touch; or send a greeting card to let them know they are in your thoughts.
- Forgive someone—Nursing a grudge can make you sick. Like stress, negative thoughts about someone can restrict blood flow, decrease oxygen consumption and throw your immune and gastrointestinal system totally out of whack. You may never forget how your ex dumped you, but you’ll sleep better, be more energetic, and be a lot happier if you put it behind you.
- Reduce verbal negativity—You’ve heard the old adage: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything. Practice being the image of positivity. Do not criticize, gossip, nor utter a critical word; and if the urge strikes, bite your tongue.
- Improve your financial health—At the end of each week, put all of your loose change in a large jar. At the end of the year, bank it.
- Beautify your home—Paint walls and re-arrange furniture. Make a “clean sweep” as you go by getting rid of excess and clearing rooms of unnecessary items. As you declutter your home, you declutter your life.
- Get organized—Tackle an unruly closet, medicine chest, or file cabinet. Toss out old prescriptions. Sort through papers, keeping only what’s important. Donate clothes that no longer fit.
- Help the Earth stay green—Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Reducing energy consumption is the single-most important thing anyone can do for the planet; and it’s easy . . . just flip the switch.
- Plan a vacation—Whether it is out-of-town for a weekend or out of the country for weeks, get the tickets and go. For a quick overnight stay, there are plenty of opportunities for one-tank trips that will take you away from it all and have you coming back feeling refreshed.
- Rekindle romance—Set aside one evening a month as “Date Night” for you and your significant other. Make the night shine. Be playful. Hold hands and kiss shamelessly in public.
- Pamper yourself—Take a warm, leisurely bubble bath at least once a week. Dim the lights, burn an aromatic candle, listen to soothing music, or try total silence.
- Cultivate your spiritual self—Meditate for at least 5-10 minutes every day. With eyes closed, focus only on the moment and soft music or rain forest sounds playing in the shadows.
- Learn to breathe deeply—Take long deep breaths whenever you feel tired, stressed, or out of sorts. Count to 6 with an inhale and to 8 with an exhale. Repeat the process 10 times.
- Go back to school—Enroll in a class for poetry, painting, pottery, writing, scrapbooking, cooking, Photoshop, photography . . . or whatever your creative heart desires.
- Be kind to strangers—Compliment someone you happen to meet during the day. Tell the bank teller you like her hairstyle. Tell the salesclerk how helpful he’s been. Say something nice—and smile. It works wonders.
- Cheer the lonely—On holidays, spend an hour or so visiting with the old folk in a nursing home. Take greeting cards. You will be surprised how many people living there do not get visitors; and it will warm your heart to see how much happiness it brings them to have someone stop by to say “hello.”
The New Year is filled with promise; and, with a little thought and faith in yourself, you can come up with resolutions that will work for you.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year!