You know how it goes. Big New Year’s party. Everyone is there. Music is blaring. The countdown begins. Everyone shouts “Happy New Year” and hugs and kisses abound. The next day, after potentially waking up with vague memories of the previous night, you vow to keep the resolutions that you make this year. For some reason, they tend to always be similar in nature–exercise regularly, find a new job, “really” commit to completing those unfinished projects. Well, for anyone in the market for some new resolutions to make that you really can resolve to keep, read on…
- Vow to spend more time with family and friends: Just being in the presence of loved ones can make serotonin levels increase exponentially. Add to that laughter, and the levels multiply. Keep in mind, this goal can be achieved by spending little to no money. Watch a movie together. Go for a family walk. Light a fire in the fireplace, put on some music and play a game together. Just spending time with one another should allow you to “get your fill” until the next visit together.
- Commit to community outreach: Whether you decide to volunteer your time assisting with a local beach cleanup or join a group to petition to save the whales, give of yourself this season. In Anaheim, CA, there is a program called Volunteermatch.org that matches volunteers to over a thousand causes with everything from trash cleanup to animal rescue. It is easy to get started… and it feels really good to give back.
- Make a decision to really be happy: Take a look at the things in your life that may possibly be preventing you from achieving total happiness. Is it a burdensome relationship? Overwhelming debt? A job that just isn’t allowing you to express yourself as fully as possible? Are your days overbooked with commitments to anything and everything except yourself? Start by assessing your life and by really looking at the things that need to be prioritized. Start by literally cleaning out your closets. The act of doing so can be completely purging and make you feel as though you are starting over fresh. Give away any items to charity that you no longer have any use for, but don’t stop there. Go through your calendars, your commitments, your “obligations” and let go of anything that might be weighing you down. Once you get your priorities in order, it will much easier to focus on the things in your life that really make you happy.
It is easy to make resolutions- it is much harder to really keep them. It may be helpful to write your plan down once you create it. Seeing something in writing becomes much more difficult to ignore if it is constantly in our visual field, and hence, on our immediate mind. Remember- you don’t have to wait for a new year to set goals and resolutions for yourself– do it today– and really commit to making yourself the priority in your life. If it does happen to be during the holiday season that this takes place-… well then, happy holidays! There is no better gift you can give yourself than committing to be ultimately happy!