List O’ Top Ten New Years Resolutions

A new year and new promises. Promises to the self, resolutions made in good faith, and usually pretty short lived. These are the ones that are most popular – as in, most uttered as the clock turns from one year to the next – not necessarily the most interesting ones.

How many of these famous life-changing promises actually make it to the end of the month, let alone the end of the year? Probably not too many – bet you have tried a few of these yourself :-)

10. Get Organized

Feel like your life is literally a mess – all over the place and full of clutter? On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life. Whether you take it on yourself or get one of many professional organizers to take charge, reducing the clutter in your life can definitely help you find peace in your home.

9. Altruism – Giving Back By Helping Others

A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, helping doesn’t necessarily mean giving money. This usually takes its form as time – a currency that almost all of us have. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, building a house, or any way that you see fit, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations who could use all the help they can get. They even make it easy to help you follow through on this resolution by connecting volunteers with projects to fit practically any schedule.

8. Learn Something New

Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep. Local community colleges offer a wide variety of courses, or if you are looking for a less academic atmosphere local organizations such as recreation centres offer great programs for all ages.

7. Get Out of Debt

Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. This is a good one to start, start on top of and don’t stop until you have reached your goal – it’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the years ahead.

6. Cut Out the Booze

After a night of complete debauchery, many people use the first day of the New Year as the point to stop drinking, though most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available.

5. Destress – Chill and Enjoy Life

Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! Consider things that may be outside of your usually circle of influences – yoga, meditation, a holistic healing centers for products designed to bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Just getting out and trying something new will make a world of difference. Take up a new hobby or try your hand at skiing. Go to a theater performance, or head to the local spa. Music performances, artistic and recreational activities may be a great start to get you out of the rut and stress of the daily grind.

4. Quit Smoking

If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit – do it! Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life! These days, smokers are actually becoming the minority, and for a reason.

3. Lose the Extra Pounds

Most industrialized countries have a massive share of the population that is considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds.

2. Get Fit

The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends

Quality of life – isn’t that what the nine resolutions before this all have in common? When all the bling is scraped away, and the things that we want or hope for most are boiled down the essence, we all have one thing in common – love of family and community. We all want to use the time that we have wisely and in ways that please.

Happy New Year!!

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