New Year’s Resolutions Worth Making — and How to Keep Them

December 26, 2018

With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about your goals for 2019. Setting a resolution is easy—it’s keeping it that becomes tricky. This year, actually stick to your resolution by choosing a meaningful goal and taking baby steps toward it each day. Here are a few ideas to try for 2019.

Cultivate a deeper relationship with one person. Instead of making a generic resolution to spend more time with friends and family, choose one person in whom you’d like to invest this year. Then find ways to seek out time with them on a regular basis, maybe once or twice a month. You might be surprised by the ways the relationship changes for the better! 

Give back consistently. Again, there’s nothing wrong with a resolution like, “I’ll volunteer more,” but its lack of specificity makes it hard to keep. Instead, find a cause that really tugs at your heartstrings, like homelessness or food insecurity, and find an organization that shares your passion. Carve out time every month to volunteer with them or commit to donating a certain portion of your paycheck every two weeks.

Adopt a healthier lifestyle bit by bit. If you want to get healthy this year, come up with a specific goal related to fitness or diet—and make it attainable. For instance, resolve to eat one serving of fruits and vegetables every day or make it to spin class twice a week. Once you get into a solid routine with one resolution, feel free to add more throughout the year!

Commit to making a life-long change. You’ve probably caught on that there’s a recipe for success with resolutions: start small and keep it simple. Don’t dive headfirst into a daily fitness routine if you’re used to going to the gym once or twice a month. Set reasonable, specific goals that you can actually attain in 2019!

17 New Year Resolution Ideas For A More Meaningful Life [Meaningful Life Center]
8 Easy, Meaningful New Year’s Resolutions for Better Health [New York Times]
Making your New Year’s resolution stick [American Psychological Association]

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