Now that we’re one week into the new year, how are those resolutions looking? Below are our Top 5 resolutions, with practical tools for doing them daily.
The human body is a complex instrument that requires fuel, movement and maintenance. Eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated and engaging your body in movement helps keep it healthy and strong. Too often we ignore warning signs from our bodies when we’re busy or stressed, so make a pact to pay more attention to your body, and keep it well-tuned for years to come!
According to motivational speaker Jim Rohn, every person is “the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” While this is not proven by science, you might find this to be anecdotally true- for example, when you catch yourself saying a phrase that your best friend uses all the time, or adopt your significant other’s favorite band as your own. People tend to build their identities from those they hold near and dear, so this year, show some extra appreciation for your closest friends who collectively influence your life. Host a small dinner party for them “just because,” send an encouraging email to a stressed-out friend, or surprise a friend with a thoughtful gift.
Studies show that being generous makes us feel happy and can even benefit our health. Why, then, don’t we give more often? Consider all of the opportunities you have in one day to do a random act of kindness that might bring a smile to a stranger’s face- and now go out and actually do one.
Having a routine is nice, but sometimes making just a small change can spark your creativity or allow you to notice details you never have before. Try taking a different route to work or listening to a new podcast while you get ready in the morning. Or, if you want to try something significantly different, commit yourself to learning something you have always wanted to learn but never made time for. Master your sauteing skills in a cooking class, hone your comedy chops in an improv class, or finally learn HTML5. If you feel out of your comfort zone, don’t worry- trust that any nervousness you feel in the beginning will quickly subside as you learn.
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