New year, new you! With the closing of another year, we are given the chance to start fresh with our 2015 New Year’s resolutions. Instead of making unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, such as losing 50 pounds or becoming the next famous singer, you might want to consider making straight forward and easy to reach resolutions.
First, all you have to do is decide on these resolutions. Featured below are eight resolutions that will make your life and the lives of those around you happier in 2015.
1. A Resolution to Travel
Sometimes all you need for a fresh start is a new environment and new perspective. Whether you’re traveling to a quaint town you’ve always wanted to explore or are pilgrimaging across the world, stepping outside of your comfort zone will challenge you by exposing you to new cultures and experiences. There’s a whole world out there just waiting for you to see it!
2. A Resolution to Ask for Help
On days when you feel like everything is too much to handle, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Asking for help when you need it is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. You’ll be surprised how many people are willing to help when you’re struggling!
3. A Resolution to Give Help
It’s easy to only worry about your own personal problems and not consider other people’s struggles. Next year, make a resolution to be more observant of others who are struggling and need assistance. If someone needs an extra smile or kind gesture, don’t be afraid to reach out. Whether this means volunteering at the local soup kitchen or buying a stranger a drink at Starbucks, a helpful hand can go a long way. This resolution can be taken as far as you are willing to let it!
4. A Resolution to Say No
The word “No” is a powerful tool if used correctly. This next year, instead of committing to that extra assignment you have zero time for or going on a date with the guy you already know you’re not interested in, say no. By simply voicing what you want and don’t want, your schedule will be more open for things you’ll actually enjoy.
5. A Resolution to Say Yes
It’s so easy to say no to things that scare you. If your friend has an extra ticket to a music festival or you stumble upon a skydiving discount, this year is the year to say yes. Say yes to all the chances worth taking this year. Who knows? You just might enjoy your life with a little more adventure.
6. A Resolution for “You Time”
We’ve all been told we have to love ourselves before we can love somebody else. With all the hustle of life, it’s easy to constantly surround yourself with people and not leave any time to work on yourself. Often you might even realize you didn’t have a private moment for thought over the course of the day. This next year, try to find more time to separate yourself from the crowd and consider what is best for you. Whether your preferred solo time is working out or soaking in a bubble bath, quality time with yourself is necessary.
7. A Resolution for “Our Time”
While solo time is vital, making time for the people you care about is equally as important. Even if all you want to do is sleep at the end of the day, spend an extra second and call your significant other to say goodnight. Or maybe even bring them a coffee to their work. After all, you can’t kiss your iPad goodnight!
8. A Resolution to Try New Things
Whatever it may be, try new things this year. Those piano lessons you’ve always wanted to take? Sign up. The yoga paddle boarding club that just started at school? Consider yourself in. Falling into patterns is easy and safe, but trying new things is fun and adventurous. At the end of the day, what kind of person do you want to be this year?