Well, the New Year is now fortunately upon us. Many of us have set resolutions to improve our lives this 2017, ranging from simple and straightforward, to unrealistic. So to make sure yours will be a success here are a list of the ten best New Year’s resolutions. Fortune favors the bold!
10. Stop Eating Fast Food
It seems like each year we learn more about just how bad fast food is for the body. If you’ve resolved to lose weight or get a six pack, you’ll definitely want to drop the fast food habit cold turkey. It can be hard because all of the fat, sugars, and chemical additives make fast food tough to quit eating.
9. Get More Sleep
Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your well-being, but many of us stay up into the wee hours, and wake up before we’re fully rested. Try following the circadian rhythm by getting to bed early and waking up early. You’ll notice a big improvement right away.
8. Learn a Language
This is one of the best ways to access a new culture, and also a way to keep your brain sharp as it ages. This gives you another means to keep your mind sharp. If you end up traveling to a new destination it helps immensely if you can speak some of the language.
7. Eat Fewer Sweets
A lot of candies say that they’re fat free, and a quick check of the Nutrition Facts confirms this, but they don’t tell you that the sugar you consume that you don’t burn off gets converted to fat and stored just the same.
6. Reconnect with an Old Friend
Nowadays it’s easier than ever to find old friends and strike up a new conversation with them. It often happens that two people can drift apart for no good reason, and it just takes one of them to rekindle things.
5. Quit Drinking (Or At Least Cut Back)
Most people are aware of the damaging effects of drinking alcohol, especially binge drinking, but we do it anyway. Even cutting back on how often you drink, or how much you drink in one sitting can have benefits to your body and brain.
4. Establish a Budget
Setting and sticking to a budget doesn’t have to be drudgery, and it doesn’t mean you have to shut down the kid inside you. You can still do the things you love, and have a great life, while still keeping track of your expenses and living within your means, even establishing a savings account and making investments.
3. Quit Smoking
If you do have this unhealthy habit, this resolution is often considered one of the hardest habits to break. There are plenty of products, books, and systems to help you along. Still the most effective method is going cold turkey.
2. Travel More
It’s tempting to want to get out and see more of the world, especially if you feel stuck in your rut or you haven’t been anywhere lately. This is one of the most common resolutions, just be sure to be a bit more specific on where you want to go because vague ideas rarely get done, but attainable goals are something you can work with.
1. Validate People in My Life More
It’s easy to take the important people in your life for granted, especially if you see them every day. You don’t have to get all mushy every time you’re around them, but taking the time to let them know how important they are to you on an occasional basis will make you feel good and will strengthen the relationship.