13 New Year’s Resolutions — and How to Keep Them
Can you spot a resolution that “speaks” to you among these perennially popular decrees?
By Josephine Brouard (adapted by Amy Zerello) from HealthSmart Magazine
2. Get Organized
If your home is making you feel like you're heading toward an episode of Hoarders, start small: Focus on one clutter-packed zone (even that junk drawer in your kitchen) and get that in order, then move on to the more-intimidating areas (hello, garage!).
Get started with these:
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4. Spend More Time with Family and Friends
A lot of us feel we don't spend enough quality time with those we love. So pick up the phone or fire up the computer and start arranging experiences that you can do together. Here's one way: Send an e-mail invite to a picnic in a centrally located park. Everyone brings food and drink‚ and a smorgasbord of catch-up results.
More to try:
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How to break the ice and meet new people
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5. Get Fit
Okay, this January you'll finally say, "No excuses!" Schedule regular time to get active, and stick with it. Handy hint: Make a date today with a pal to walk once a week for 50 minutes.
Get a jump-start now:
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6. Quit Smoking
You know all the ways cigarettes hurt your body — that they dramatically increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, high blood pressure, and almost every other health concern, small or large. So if you've still got the habit, this can be the year you ditch it.
Find out how:
25 ways to stop smoking cigarettes
7. Smell the Roses
Lost your mojo? The easiest way to kick-start your joie de vivre is to focus on those little things that give you pleasure. Every day, have a moment where you focus on just a small, immediate enjoyment, like a great song on the radio, a tasty peach, a pet's licks, your friends' thoughtfulness, or an unexpected invitation.
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8. Tackle Your Drinking
If drinking is doing you more harm than good, stop altogether, learn to moderate or get support (such as from Alcoholics Anonymous) if you can't control your intake on your own. (Those living with alcoholics will also find friends at AA.)
For help reducing your consumption, try:
Cut back on alcohol without giving it up
9. Learn Something New
There's nothing more esteem-building than getting an additional qualification under your belt. Your career options widen, you meet new people and you exercise your brain. Check out local community colleges, which offer a range of inexpensive courses.
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Top 10 tips for a healthy brain
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10. Help Others
Every day, we're hearing about a new catastrophe in some corner of the globe, so it's no surprise that "volunteering vacations" are booming worldwide. But you don't have to head to a far-flunch locate (or spend money) to make the world better -- offering your time, or if that's in short supply, simply donating furniture, clothes and other household items can help someone in need (and make you feel great).
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