10 Resolutions you should try to make this New Year

January 2, 2014
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Every year, the glittery glamor of New Year’s Eve comes rolling around, what with its high-profile televised concert events in cities like New York and Los Angeles, its endless array of activities and parties being thrown across the globe, and its unchanging promise of a new year and a new start.

To many, New Year’s Eve is a magical time simply because it gives one hope.

And while oftentimes we find ourselves making resolutions and promising ourselves that this year, we’ll go through with it…as the days fade into months and new seasons arrive with bursts of color, those same resolutions usually melt away like a January snowfall. We all want to stop cursing or saying things we maybe shouldn’t. We all want to shed those extra few pounds we, er, accidentally put on eating too much pumpkin pie this holiday season. We all want to buy an entirely new wardrobe and impress that certain someone we’ve been eyeing for an amount of time that’s embarrassing to admit.

But rather than setting ourselves outrageously high goals for ourselves and expecting to undergo extensive changes in the new year (which often, as pointed out before, leads to a reluctant acceptance of failure less than a month into them), why don’t we focus on starting small? Why not set a number of simple resolutions for ourselves that – instead of delving us into a materialistic mindset – will improve us as people and therefore enhance our happiness? Why not create a few small goals to strive for, rather than monumental changes?

To get started, here’s a few things we’ve found have a higher success rate than most resolutions made each year:

 

1. Smile.

It’s not that hard to do; in fact, it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown. Making the effort to smile just once more than usual per day can have a significant impact on your life and others’.

 2. Be kind.

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Say “hello” to a stranger just because, and never forget “please” and “thank you”.

3. Don’t judge.

You don’t know what the person next to you is going through. By vowing to remain nonjudgmental, you will find yourself in a mindset that is significantly more open-minded, and thus may open your eyes to views you may never have considered before.

4. Listen to a song from a genre you don’t normally listen to.

Pop fan? Check out a Luke Bryan tune or Muse track. Rap more your style? Put on the latest Katy Perry single or One Direction hit. Partial to R&B? Check out Kanye West’s new song or Florida-Georgia Line’s track. However you do it, step out of your comfort zone and explore the unknown. You may be surprised by the results.

5. Go to an art gallery or museum.

Art is the visual expression of the soul. One can find solace, happiness, sorrow, and quirk in it. Attend an art show or check out a local museum. Not only will it leave you feeling culturally refreshed, but it may tap an unexplored emotional reservoir.

6. Go somewhere.

It doesn’t have to be far. Grab a few of your friends or just yourself and see somewhere you’ve never seen before. It can be a new country, a new state, a new city, or simply a new backyard. Wherever it is, explore for a little bit.

7. Turn off your phone.

These days, it seems like everywhere you look, people have their noses buried in their phones. While Twitter and Instagram are beckoning and we’ve all fallen to their tantalizing calls at one time or another, make it your mission to turn your phone off for a little bit each week – especially at meal times and during social encounters. You’d be surprised by how much you’ve been missing.

8. Read a book.

Adventure is out there. Books can take you on them.

9. Let the people you love know it.

Call your best friend up and tell them what they mean to you – just because. Life may be sweet, but it’s short, and it’s amazing how good it can feel knowing you’ve made someone else smile.

10. Enjoy every moment.

Think back to last year’s NYE. Seems like just yesterday, right? 2013 was gone in a flash and 2014 is bound to go even quicker. Enjoy every moment, and thrive in the beauty of being alive. It’s a luxury that most people take for granted.

 

From all of us here at WeKnowTheDJ, Happy New Year! Looking forward to all that’s to come.

See you in 2014!

-Shelley DeHekker

@shelleydehekker

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