Making Your Year a Productive and Hopeful One

Every year we make resolutions, and most of us usually can’t keep up with them. The key to making resolutions you won’t break is to keep them simple and easy to manage. Many of us want to make radical changes in our lives, but don’t know how. Instead of aiming for the moon, commit yourself to increments that are easily within reach.  You won’t regret it, and you won’t fail.

Be Kind to Your Body

Being kind to your body is a matter of awareness, and it can help you lead a happier, healthier life, because you deserve to. Every stair and step you take makes you more physically resilient and improves mental health. Consider getting an exercise tracker or a step counter to help you maintain awareness of how much you move.  Most of these items clip onto belts or are actually a watch that you wear on your wrist.  Companies like Garmin provide Garmin discount codes, so you can get a deal on these devices. They’re an unobtrusive reminder of your resolution to treat your body well.

Express Gratitude

If you’re feeling disconnected from your life and those around you, resolve to make a habit of counting your blessings this new year. When someone is kind or does something to help you, thank them. Keeping track of the intangibles you’re thankful for can be easy too.  Make a gratitude bank out of a large jar with a slot in the top. Whenever you think to, write something for which you’re thankful on a scrap of paper and put it in the jar. If you’re feeling blue, open up the jar and take a look.

Work Less

That’s right, work less. If you can afford to take some time off, do it. Resolve to leave work early on Fridays, to take at least one vacation (even if it’s a staycation), or to take a walk during your lunch break instead of working through it. According to hospice workers, most people on their deathbeds regret that they spent so much of their lives working. Resolve that you won’t join them.

Clean up Your Space

We tend to hold on to a lot of objects, memories, and grudges that we’d be better off without, or that simply don’t belong in our lives anymore. By clearing out your living space, you’ll get rid of eyesores, let go of old mental associations that you’re better off without, and make peace with the past.

Speak Out

Many of us hold our tongues when we wish we could say something. Imagine a man harassing a young woman on a bus.  Everyone knows what’s going on, but only infrequently does anyone do anything. Same at a holiday dinner when grandma starts making racist comments. This year, don’t be complacent in others’ bad behavior. Face the discomfort and call people out, redirect the conversation, or distract people who are behaving badly.

Get a Resolution Buddy

That’s correct, one of your resolutions can be to have a resolution buddy. Having company makes it easier to achieve your goals.  Friends keep you accountable to your commitments and can provide mutual support. If you have other, bigger resolutions than these, it’s especially helpful to have someone by your side.

Don’t let this New Year thwart you with astronomical expectations. Simply take a stab at improving your life and the lives of others in all these small, incremental ways.

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Comment by Kathy Custren on June 13, 2016 at 10:15pm

Hi, Rachelle - Garmin discount codes? Really? I do not know if you have seen a calendar lately, but the year is just about half over...not quite the 'new year' message we are looking for for our July issues. Too bad we cannot use your piece ~ Blessings! 

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