We’ve all heard the popular resolutions: “Lose weight,” “Get fit,” “Save money,” “Get organized,” “Take a vacation,” and “Live life to the fullest.” These resolutions are fine as resolutions go, but often fall flat within a month or two. This year, we’re sharing some resolution ideas that are perhaps a bit less common, but just as rewarding.
Unique Resolutions for the New Year
Pay it forward
The next time you’re in a drive-through, going through a toll, or even at the library (where many people have pesky late fees) consider treating the person behind you.
Become an active listener
For this one, you do yourself a favor and the person with whom you’re conversing. Maintain eye contact, really hear what the other person is saying, and think before responding. Your conversations will become much more meaningful.
Go ahead and say “No.”
People of all ages and of all walks of life can struggle with saying “No.” The next time you really want to say it, remember that you and your wishes are important.
Take a few moments every day to close your eyes, sit up straight, relax your body, and breathe in through your nose and out deeply through your mouth. You’ll feel the benefits!
Make a new friend
This may sound easier said than done, but if you try being social and forming bonds, you will feel better inside and out.
So many people need the things we no longer use or want. Consider donating to Goodwill or a local thrift shop.
Is there a cause dear to your heart or a group whose activities you admire? Why not join in and commit to helping them with their cause? Time requirements for volunteer opportunities vary. Check out volunteermatch.org for a starting point.
Take a daily walk
Technically this can help with getting fit and losing weight, but for this resolution, consider doing it for overall health and well-being. A walk can be as simple as you want and may just brighten your day.
Share your knowledge or a skill
People often have the resolution to learn a new skill, but how about teaching one? Everyone has their areas of expertise and what could be nicer than sharing them for free with those who would like to learn?!