Be a Better You: New Year’s Resolutions

By: Toni Cunningham | January 4, 2013

As another year draws to a close, it’s time for everyone to get philosophical and reevaluate their lives whilst drinking champagne and partying like it’s 1999. Nothing says “fresh start” like jotting down your resolutions on a cocktail napkin as you ring in the New Year, right?

Instead of vowing to hit the gym before work five days a week, try setting some more reasonable resolutions, and you’ll find it much easier to follow through. Instead of unrealistic ideas, attempt one of the following on your journey to self-improvement:

  • Don’t cry over spilt milk. Or a bad haircut, or the A minus you received on your college paper in 1976. Stop sweating the small stuff and worry about things that actually matter, i.e. your health and happiness, and you’ll be feeling lighter in no time.
  • Be considerate. It seems like everyone learned this one in the third grade but quickly tossed the notion aside. Being considerate means refraining from flipping people off on the freeway, taming your road rage in general and being kind to everyone, even if they are dumber than a doornail.
  • Eat better. Note, I said better, not like a health freak. While greens aren’t anything to shy away from, it might be a tad difficult to switch from three drive through meals a day to organic rice patties 24/7. Make it easier on yourself by adjusting to preparing meals at home first, then gradually working on the health aspect as you go.
  • Don’t live a sheltered life. A.k.a. expand your horizons. Take the time to learn something new, travel to an unknown land or simply leave your house on a Friday night for once. Whatever fits your fancy!
  • Quit a bad habit. Whether you’re a smoker, a liar or a cheat, now’s the time to mend your wayward behavior! Everyone else will thank you.

Remember: while you’re compiling your list of saintly duties for the year ahead, stick to a more sensible set of expectations, and you’ll be able to check off each and every one!