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. Another benefit is that you can usually write off your donation when tax time rolls around. All you really need is a few free tax tools, as well as your donation receipt (you may have to ask for one).
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!