A New Year Resolution List You’ll Actually Want to Keep
Our list of fun, joy-inspiring new year goals!
New year’s resolutions usually involve deprivation and the overriding idea that we’re not enough (fit enough, disciplined enough, etc). That’s why we’ve ditched the idea of “New Year New You.” You’re already awesome, so in 2017 it’s all about, “New Year True You.” Each new year resolution is meant to draw out the amazing, unique, and irreplaceable person you are…the true you that makes this world a sweeter place!
We hope with all of our hearts that these new year goals will spark joy, up the fun-factor in your life, and inspire you to love being you. There’s a big, beautiful life in store for you. Get out there and enjoy it. You are worth it!
Wishing you your best, brightest, and sweetest year yet,
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New Year Resolution #1: Laugh every day – no exceptions!
Laughter is the best medicine. Scientific research has shown that laughter reduces levels of stress hormones, can lower blood pressure, and boost your immune system. Plus, laughter is just plain fun. So go ahead and laugh out loud!
New Year Resolution #2: Daydream More
Carve out time to actively daydream (even 5 minutes is great!). Dare to imagine new possibilities and visualize what your life can be. Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” so take some time to dream!!!
New Year Resolution #3: Appreciate Every Amazing Thing Your Body Does
Did you know there are more nerve cells in your body than stars in the Milky Way? And that, on average, our hearts beat 115,200 times per day? Our bodies are amazing! Instead of obsessing about the perfect figure, one of our top new year goals is to appreciate the magnificent function of our bodies. Every breath and every movement is gift! #functionoverform
New Year Resolution #4: Be a Kid Again
What were some of your favorite things to do as a kid? Did you spend summers playing kickball, while-away afternoons with arts & crafts, or spin whimsical tales of far-off lands? Reintroduce one of those beloved childhood activities to your life and savor the sweet joy that comes with it! (Tell us how you’re being a kid again with the hashtags: #TBT and #SweetentheDay)
New Year Resolution #5: Make Kindness Part of Your Routine
Practicing kindness is about more than random acts. It’s part of who you are and how you engage with the world. Are you kind to others when it’s inconvenient or undeserved? Are you kind to yourself? This one new year resolution will transform your life as you become intentional about being kind.
New Year Resolution #6: If Something Goes Wrong, Shake It Off!
Let the little things go. Whether you’re dealing with a rude driver or a longer-than-usual line at the grocery store, don’t trade in your joy for frustration. Hold on to your happiness and shake off the rest!
New Year Resolution #7: Savor Every Bite
Enjoy what you eat! If you’re noshing on veggies, add a super yummy dip (we love pesto and hummus!). If you’re having a delectable dessert, enjoy every gob-smacking bite! You’ve got a lot of amazing dreams to go after this year, so fill you plate with foods that feed your soul and nourish your body.
New Year Resolution #8: If Something Goes Right, Celebrate It!
This year, become your own cheerleader! Celebrate every success and good decision, no matter how small. Consistently recognizing small victories makes you more resilient in the face of little setbacks and failures. So, keep your pom-poms at the ready!
New Year Resolution #9: Explore a New City
This is a fun one. Whether it’s halfway around the globe or just an hour’s drive, a new city has a way of awakening our sense of adventure. Discover the local art scene, visit some landmarks, taste the flavors of the city…Simply explore a new place with a sense of wonder and delight. Going to new places and seeing things with fresh eyes can carry over into our everyday lives, and allow us to see ourselves and our circumstances with a fresh perspective.
New Year Resolution #10: Share Your Time and Talents
You are an incredibly gifted person with unique life experiences. Don’t let that go to waste. Share your life experiences and skills in meaningful ways. Whether you volunteer at soup kitchen or mentor kids at a local school, you can make a world of difference one life at a time.
New Year Resolution #11: Read a book just for fun
Remember when reading was fun? Even if you have to go back to the days of picture books and fairytales, there was likely a time that you actually enjoyed reading. Rediscover the joy of exploring new worlds, ideas, and possibilities through the written word. It doesn’t matter what’s on the New York Time’s bestseller list. Find a book that speaks to you.
New Year Resolution #12: Cultivate Curiosity
Curiosity is a wondrous thing. It drives us to seek out answers and make new discoveries. Curiosity keeps our minds active, young, and engaged with the world around us. And, curiosity keeps our hearts open to new ideas and unexplored possibilities. The next time you have an “I wonder…” moment, don’t close yourself off to that idea or pursuit of knowledge. Dare to follow that path or train of thought, and see where it leads.
New Year Resolution #13: Spend Time in Nature
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
After you spend time in nature, do you feel less worried and more optimistic? There’s a reason for that. Science has shown that just looking at natural scenes stimulates areas of the brain associated with happiness and balance. So this year, connect with nature whenever you have the chance. Whether it’s a walk in the park or a moment of appreciation for a beautiful oak tree in the city, you’ll reap the benefits. Along with the science of it, we love how nature reminds us that simplicity can be profound and that true beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
New Year Resolution #14: Tackle a New Challenge
There’s nothing like a good challenge to breathe life and true confidence into your spirit. Whether it’s running a marathon or pitching a great idea to your boss, challenge yourself in a new way. Muster the courage to take that first step and dare to do something beyond your comfort zone. If you fall, don’t crawl back in defeat. Simply get up and keep moving forward. Every true and worthwhile challenge is made up of mini failures and successes along the way. Don’t trade in your ultimate success for a temporary defeat!
New Year Resolution #15: Make Every Day Count
Life is a gift. We don’t know how many days we’ll spend on this earth or what those days will hold. But we can make a conscious decision to invest every day in meaningful pursuits. At the start of this year, evaluate how you spend your time. Are your activities and pursuits in line with your values? Are they bringing you closer to something that truly matters to you?
New Year Resolution #16: Put on your party dress and dance!
Sometimes, after a long week at work, we just feel like curling up and watching Netflix. But this year, we’re make a point of getting dressed up and having a fun night out. Whether it’s dinner with friends or a fun concert, find an excuse to do something different. When you put yourself in a new environment, you can dare to see yourself in a new light.
New Year Resolution #17: Watch the Sun Set
Every day there is a masterful display of artistry and wonder in the skies. Yet, with our hectic schedules and never-ending responsibilities, we tend to ignore sunsets and other majestic moments in our lives. This year, make time to watch the sun set and begin to acknowledge and honor every beautiful moment in your life.
New Year Resolution #18: Make Space for Your Best Life
How do you spend your days? Is there anything you’re doing simply because it’s “expected” or it’s “what you’ve always done”? Take stock of your life. If there is anything that does not build you up as a person, honor your values, or further your purpose, get rid of it! That includes thoughts, habits, activities, possessions, and harmful relationships. This one takes courage, but you are worth it and you have what it takes!
New Year Resolution #19: Breath deeply
Somehow breathing deeply connects us to our true selves in a way that nothing else can. Inviting the fullness of life into the present moment helps us be more present as it washes away our stress. Begin to breath deeply, especially in stressful or overwhelming situations, and you’ll find the clarity of mind and purpose to conquer any challenge you face.
New Year Resolution #20: Smile More
Kids smile 400 times per day. Adults? Just 14. Adults miss out on more than childlike joy when they keep a stern expression. They’re also missing out on some major health benefits. Smiling releases endorphins (neurotransmitters that make us feel happy) and reduces levels of cortisol (aka “the stress hormone”). So be an “intentional smiler.” Find reasons to smile and laugh, take yourself less seriously, and carve out time to laugh with your pals (or at least watch a blooper reel or two). This is your year to smile more and invite a joyful spirit into your life!