New Year’s resolutions are fun to make and most of the time, extremely difficult to maintain.
Each January, roughly one in 3 Americans resolve to better themselves in some way.
A study found that 75% of people stick to their goal for at least a week and less than half are still on target six months later. It’s hard to keep up the energy and enthusiasm, but it’s not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here’s to your health! And commitment!
- Exercise and eat healthy. The healthy life is not about losing weight; its about losing the habits and mindset that got you there.
- Stay in touch and be social: A study in the journal PLoS Medicine suggests that the lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking and even more than obesity and lack of exercise.
- Quit smoking: Talk to an ex-smoker and you’ll see that multiples attempts are often the path to success.
- Save money: A healthy lifestyle can help you save. Walk or ride your bike more to work. Make grocery lists. Cook more often.
- Cut your stress and also do things to release it. Remember, if stress is something chronic in your life it can increase your risk of insomnia, depression, anxiety, obesity, heart disease, and so on. We know stress is inevitable part of life but we can compensate it with relaxation, sleep, socializing, exercising, meditation, yoga, taking vacations or even a walk in the park.
- Volunteer. Happiness doesn’t result from what we get but from what we give.
- Go back to school. As C.S. Lewis said: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”. Learn that other language, get that masters, finish or start a new career; it is never too late.
- Get more sleep. Study have shown the amazing benefits of a good sleep. Among them are: Improves your memory, extends your lifespan, boosts your creativity, strengthens your immune system, reduces your risk for depression, sharpens your attention, helps you lose weight, reduces stress.
- Travel. Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.
- Read. Follow Dr. Seuss advice: “The more that you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.