7 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier and Happier You
Dec 26, 2016
It’s that time of the year when we reflect upon what has happened in the last 12 months. We think about the goods and the bads, the ups and downs and for sure, we realize that we didn’t lose the 5 pounds we were planning to, we didn’t quit smoking, we didn’t enjoy that gym membership we paid lots of money for, and the list could go on forever.
But as the New Year is right around the corner, we decide that next year is going to be THE YEAR! So why not go for a little resolution list? But this time make it different and better. Here are seven easy New Year’s Resolutions for a healthier and happier you:
Don’t make it about losing weight because that is stressful and discouraging, especially when the scale doesn’t show significant change. Make it about being healthier, building confidence and strength, about creating a better self-image and about having fun! Any form of sports is good as long as you do it in a constant rhythm. Ride your bicycle more, experience yoga at home (it’s free), go for a run, swim or hike in the summer, or just dance to your favorite music!
Less Television, More Books
As entertaining as television is, researchers concluded that watching too much TV not only encourages consumerism, oversimplifies life and makes us unhappy, but it may have a negative impact on our life expectancy as well. We are not telling you to stop watching TV, but try to trade it for a good book every once in a while.
Stay in Touch with Your Loved Ones
After studying a small village in Japan where life expectancy is extremely high, researchers came to the conclusion that one of the factors contributing to longevity is living in a community. Being surrounded and spending time with people you like or love will make you happier. A lack of bonds can have the same kind of negative impact on your health as smoking or drinking alcohol. Nowadays it’s so much easier to keep in touch with those we care about, so pick up your phone and send them a message.
Spend More Time Outside
In this day and age, we tend to spend too much time in our houses, in vehicles, and at the office, and less time outside. A recent study reveals that as little as half an hour spent in nature can contribute to a significant increase in energy levels, can relieve stress and can bring us a sense of well-being. Try taking walks in the park (or just around the block if you don’t have more time); spend more time on your balcony (if you have one); try getting away for the weekend in the countryside.
Switch from Objects to Experiences
A lot of people take pride in all the objects their money can buy. Although it is important to have a house, it’s comfortable to have a car and can certainly feel good to wear name-brand clothes, the question you must ask yourself is: do all these things make you happy? A study concluded that amazing life experiences lead to greater happiness than material possessions. Trade a new pair of shoes for a diving experience (for example)! You will never forget it.
Smiling is not only the highest positive emotional content we can express, but it is also a way of telling ourselves and others that we are happy and we feel good. Still not convinced? Smiling is not only free, it is also very charming (think about the famous and mysterious Mona Lisa), reduces stress and generates more positive emotions.
Taking a vacation and traveling is not only a way to change the routine and reward yourself a little bit, but it is also a new adventure! You get to experience new food, meet new people, learn new things, and discover and enjoy yourself.
The end of the year can open the door to new beginnings. Take advantage of these last months to reflect on your personal and professional goals and draft a new list of resolutions.