It’s that time of year again, New Years Eve, time to ring in the new year and say goodbye to the old as we look forward to a new year full of hope. It’s also the time when we make our resolutions. Though we may have good intentions when we make them, there are only a small portion of us that keep our resolutions. Research from the University of Scranton shows that just 8% of people achieve their goals.
So how can we turn this around? Let’s make some positive resolutions of our own!
Accept A Compliment
How many of us when given a compliment tend to downplay it? Instead of feeling awkward and downplaying the compliment accept it and feel great about it! So remember when given a compliment simply say “Thank you”! You’ve earned it and you have the right to feel good about it!
Smile Once A Day
There is always something to smile about. Listen to your favorite song and smile while singing along. Smiling has a positive impact on your mood and will make you feel better. Even a forced smile can have a positive impact on a person’s mood and it can be fun. I have done it with my kids when they are mad I will say smile, go ahead smile you will feel better and after some complaining they will do a forced smile and say are you happy? But as they are doing that forced smile, they always end up laughing!
Try once a week to dance. Dancing is good for your mood, enjoyable, a stress reliever, and not only will it make you feel good, it’s actually a way to improve your fitness! Dancing has been shown to reduce anxiety while boosting your body image and self-esteem. It’s a great way to get your heart rate up and can be a good form of aerobics. I am not one for going to the gym at all and look for other ways to get exercise and this is a good one! So get out there and shake your groove thing!
Spend Time With Positive People
Surrounding yourself and spending time with positive people and friends is key to a positive outlook on life. I have always told my children you are who you hang out with. You want to spend time with friends who understand you and love you for yourself. Many of us have that one friend who is an “Emotional Vampire”, you know the ones, the victim where it’s “poor me” all the time, the “me first” friend and the constant talker that won’t let you get a word in edgewise. These are the kind of acquaintances that you want to stay away from. Good rule of thumb, when you see your friend coming are you happy and excited or are you planning your exit strategy? So take a look at your relationships and stay away from those that drain you and spend time with those that make you happy and enhance your life.
Be Happy In The Here and Now
So many times we focus on everything but the present. How many times have you told yourself once I get this I will be happy, once I have more money I will be happy, once I finish this project I will be happy. We are so focused on the goals that we miss now, we are not here in the moment. There is nothing wrong with working towards your goals but don’t lose sight of the here and now. Live in the moment and enjoy each day. Stop and be sure to savor each moment.
Here is to a Happy and Healthy New Year for Everyone!