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Five Resolutions Everyone Can Make For A Better Year

Make this year your best year ever! 5 resolutions that anyone can do to have a better year!
Make this year your best year ever!  5 resolutions that anyone can do to have a better year!

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The new year offers a fresh start for everyone. But so often I find New Year’s resolutions often coming from a negative perspective – lose weight, break bad habits, stop doing this or that.. Now that’s no way to set goals for yourself is it? So this year, I thought I would come up with 5 simple New Year’s resolutions that everyone can make to live better and have a more enjoyable year.



5 New Years Resolutions for Everyone Can Make for a Better Year

1. Learn love yourself more

So much of our time is devoted to the ones we love and care about. Much of the time we forget to think about ourselves and our own needs and wants. Take some time to reflect and consider your own needs and give them attention with the same level of effort that you do for others. Accept yourself for all that you are – both your positive aspects and your human fallibility. You can work on self-improvement, but that doesn’t mean you discount the parts of yourself you don’t like as much. Those aspects are still part of your whole. Learning to love yourself more will make you a better person and a happier one too.

2. Give Back

Whether you donate money or time, giving back is beneficial – and not just for the recipients. Numerous studies shows the old saying, “it’s better to give than to receive” is completely true. Being charitable boosts happiness and reduces stress – especially when the generosity promotes positive social connection. If you don’t already, find a cause you believe in and offer them consistent monthly support. They will benefit. You will benefit. And the world will be a better place.

3. Get outside

Don’t you always feel great after a walk in the park or hike in the woods? I know I do! Research shows that spending time outdoors can have a major impact on your physical being. Simply spending time outside with nature contributes to increased energy, wards off feelings of exhaustion, and results in a heightened sense of well-being. Of course, simply walking from your front door to the car door doesn’t count. So this year, make a point to find an excuse to be outside. An easy way to start is a simple walk around the block each evening or even on your lunch break.

 

4. Buy less stuff and more experiences

As I’ve gotten older and wiser, I’ve found less and less satisfaction in material items. Our consumerist world tells buying things will make us happy, but truthfully they not thinking about us at all. I’ve found that buying life experiences rather than material possessions leads to greater happiness for both you and those around you. Decide today to spend less money this year on possessions and more money on meaningful, memorable experiences.

5. Find what makes you happy

I remember the first time I asked myself this question, I didn’t even know how to answer it. It takes time and self reflection to figure this one out. But once you do, you now have something to lift your spirits when ever you need it. It will help ease your troubles, and make you feel like you’re ready to take on another day.

So what are some your New Year’s resolutions this year?
Share them with me in the comments below!

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Make this year your best year ever! 5 resolutions that anyone can do to have a better year!

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  • Love these goals! They’re perfect. I think simplifying is always best.. and it ensures you won’t get burnt out in a couple weeks. 🙂

    • Thanks Esther! I’ve been pretty content with with my life so didn’t have any specific goals, but I thought I’d just keep it simple this year! 🙂

  • Tiffany

    I love this post! These goals are so inspiring. My favorites: Get Outside & Find What Makes You Happy. Its so easy to get caught in a cycle living in NYC. I’m just excited to try new things this year, hoping to find new friends and new hobbies!

    • Thanks Tiffany, I’m glad you found them inspiring! NYC is such a fast paced city it must be hard to just to let go. Hope you have a great 2015!

  • These are all great goals to make for a better year. I think the one I will focus on this year is buy less stuff and more experiences. I have tons of experiences, yet sometimes when bored / in a bad mood I want to shop just to shop. I need to stop doing this and saving money for experiences!

    • I’m exactly the same, retail therapy is a real thing! But after awhile I just didn’t know what to do with all my clothes and makeup. lol Hopefully this year I will be able to curb my shopping habits!

  • Fi Ni Neachtain

    These are great goals for 2015. I am definitely on the ‘less stuff, more experiences’ one. I’m saving this year and putting money which would have been spent on useless things towards fun experiences for my family and I.

    • Thanks Fi Ni, I’m sure your family will appreciate that too! Happy New Year!

  • mail4rosey

    I like ‘Find what makes you happy.’ I’d much rather do what makes me happy working hard, than do what doesn’t. Happy New Year to you.

    • That’s so true! Working hard at something you love is a million times more rewarding. Happy New Year to you too Rosie!

  • Jennifer

    Giving back is such a great resolution. The world needs more kindness in it.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more! Thanks Jennifer 🙂

  • Sara-Jayne Jones

    Those are such amazing resolutions – so many strike a chord with me. I need to get outside so much to feel any kind of peace – and I need to love myself.

    • Thats Sara-Jayne, I think learning to love yourself is such a big one too! It was one lesson I was never really taught when I was growing up, but it’s just as important as caring for others!

  • Robin Rue

    Those are all great resolutions. I especially like the one about giving back more. It is a lesson I have been working on with my kids.

    • Thanks Robin, that’s a great lesson to teach your kids!

  • What a great list. Every year I set a goal to eat better and lost weight but I like a lot of these on your list as well. I really need to learn to love myself better.

  • I love your list, all 5 points are very important but i really love the “buy less stuff and more experiences”. That has been my attitude for the past 2 years and it’s great.

    This year I’m aiming setting some goals which including buying a home and paying off an old private student loan.

    Hope you join my Throw Out 50 Things Challenge:
    http://luckyseventen.com/throw-50-things-challenge/

    • That’s a great challenge! If I hadn’t thrown out almost half our belongings in our last move I’d definitely join in on it!

  • This is so great! I’ve always loved the idea of having more experiences. Here’s to 2015 a year filled with adventure!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

  • Those are some great resolutions! I love the new year! I love the feeling of newness and I love goals!

  • I LOVE your resolutions, they are great. I’ve been so sick I haven’t even thought about making my own resolutions this year. I need to sit down and do that soon.

  • Danielle Wilson

    These are resolutions I try to keep every year. This year I defnitely want to give back more by taking my children to volunteer at shelters etc. We also try to not just give gifts but more memorable experiences, going to broadway shows, trying a new restaurant and things of that nature. I also realize I need to schedule more me time, or as a mom and wife I won’t be good to anyone

    • That’s a great thing to teach your kids! I think it’s so important to learn to give back at a young age. And me time is definitely really important too! Thanks Danielle!

  • This all sounds great to me. I want to give back more this year. I also want to grow my blog and use my time more wisley. Hopefully I keep my list, it’s important to me this year!

  • Nicole E.

    Now those are resolutions I could actually live with! I don’t like making resolutions because they just feel like I’m setting myself up for failure, but all of those are things that we should be doing every day anyway.

  • Stacy Bolton

    Ohhhh this is good! I really really really like this resolution list! Each of these items could apply to every single person no matter, size, income, situation… Great work!

  • Manu Kalia

    I think my favorite is the number four, I’ve been spending a lot last year. I better get a solution about that lol. Amazing post!

  • Chrissy Mazzocchi

    These all sound amazing for your body, I really need to try these.

  • I’m with you on that graphic, especially the following: More Tea (it’s so healthy for you, especially the green tea). More Books (I have so many just looking pretty on the book shelf). More Creating (I want to incorporate more art into my life). This Year…I Will …Get my Driver’s License. hopefully.

  • Lynn Dee

    I am not into resolutions but honestly, I’ve been doing those things on your lists. Except for the ‘get outside’. Well not yet anyway since it’s still winter. But we do make sure to enjoy the warm weather to the fullest. 🙂

  • Courtney

    Omg! This is such an awesome list!!!! I’m all about buying less stuff and more experiences this year!!! Those are memories that will last forever!!! You can’t put a price tag on that!

  • This year I want to get outside more! Happy New year to you and your family!

  • This year I will explore my passions!

  • Hapinesswherever

    Definitely agree with Less Stuff, More Experiences! 🙂 This year, I finally made it to the (Shakespeare) Globe Midnight Show- 1 item off the bucket list!