Crafting a New Year’s Resolution that won’t be broken can be tricky.
We promise ourselves year after year that we’ll wake up early and go to the gym every day, we’ll cut ice cream out of our diets completely, or we’ll travel to exotic places. Then we find ourselves pressing snooze on our alarm clocks, sneaking an ice cream cone in after work, and sitting at our desks wondering where our vacation days went.
Researchers estimate that only 8% of us are successful in achieving our resolutions, and over half of us have given up on our New Year’s Resolutions by the time summer arrives. This year, instead of promising a whole host of unrealistic things that are hard to follow through on, why not focus on smaller, attainable goals that will make you a little healthier and a whole lot happier?
Here are four New Year’s Resolutions to make instead:
Instead of making lofty and ambiguous goals to “travel more,” make a commitment to enjoying the activities and attractions that your local community has to offer. Pencil in a date night once a month to try out new restaurants downtown or budget some time on the weekends to visit local parks and museums. Consider joining a class offered by your community recreation department.
Stepping away from work to spend more time with your loved ones seems like it should be easy, but sometimes busy schedules can get the best of us. Make a resolution to have a family game night once a month, or set aside one night a week to gather around the table for a family dinner. Planning fun outings throughout the year is a great way to make sure your resolution lasts and it gives you something to look forward to.
“Going Green” is a trend that’s here to stay. Resolve to reduce your ecological footprint and focus on implementing small changes, like turning the lights off when you leave a room or bringing reusable shopping bags with you to the grocery store. Try a new recipe using organic ingredients once every week or check out cool DIY tips to upcycle things you used to just toss.
This year, make a commitment to unplugging and spending time in the great outdoors. Schedule a few hiking trips throughout the year, or just pledge to get out of the office and walk a few blocks during your lunch break. Create outdoor spaces your family can use when the weather is nice - something as simple as putting a chair out in the garden, or as complex as installing a terrace.
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