It’s 2015, and you’re probably worrying about your resolutions to yourself to eat healthier or to work out more often.
Those things are great. It’s incredibly important to eat clean and get in some exercise.
However, during all the hype of New Year’s resolutions, it’s easy to forget a lot of other important things in life, like a state of mind and positive thinking. Here are some New Year’s resolutions to make so you can have a happy and healthy 2015.
Resolutions You Should Have for 2015
1. Stop making resolutions
That is, stop reserving resolutions for New Year’s only. Work to improve yourself constantly this year. Make a resolution every month. Or every week. Or even every day.
Positive thinking can completely improve your quality of life. Remember that you’re capable, and that life is good. Everyone has hard times, but why focus on the negative when there are so many wonderful things in your life?
Related: 7 Benefits of Positive Thinking
3. Keep a notebook
If you want to accomplish your goals this year, buy yourself a notebook and make your resolution to keep on writing in it every day. Writing things down will help you keep track of your progress.
Write down your workout routine for that day, what you ate, your state of mind, your to-do list, ideas…whatever your heart desires. This way, you can remember your goals and keep track of your progress.
4. Stop holding grudges
This year, let go of all grudges and stop yourself from developing any new ones. Embrace forgiveness. Not only are there many health benefits of forgiveness, but if you think about it, it does you no good whatsoever. If there are toxic people in your life, let them drift away peacefully instead of holding resentment towards them.
5. Try something new…
Make your resolution to try something completely new. Go skydiving or ice-skating. Try a totally new kind of food, or take a class in something that you’ve never even considered before.
6. …and try that thing you’ve always wanted to do
Have you always been dying to learn how to play the violin, but you just never got around to it? Do it this year. In fact, do it tomorrow. There’s no point in postponing something that will make you happy.
You might have been avoiding traveling anywhere because of finances or time. When it comes to finances, you can make it work. Just come up with a plan to cut back elsewhere or make some extra money with a side-job or business.
Go somewhere completely new. And it doesn’t have to be somewhere halfway across the world—you can try traveling to a city you’ve never been to before that’s only two hours away with someone you love.
When it comes to time, instead of using those paid vacation days to sit around at home, save them up for a vacation. You deserve it.
Related: How to Have a Positive Money Mindset
8. Declutter your home
How much stuff is there in your house that you just don’t need? Get rid of it. Give it away to your friends, donate it, or just throw it away. Decluttering your home will give you more room to breathe and be productive.
9. Be yourself
This year, stop trying to be somebody you’re not. Embrace your quirks, and stop worrying that other people won’t accept them. Who cares? It’s not your job to please everyone, and it’s no use trying to be anybody but yourself. You’re wonderful; embrace yourself.
10. Get a pet (or give yours some extra love)
There are many health benefits of pets, and it’s just great to come home to a furry friend who’s always excited to see you. Adopt a pet and you’ll not only have a new best friend, but you’ll feel great from saving a life.
Already have a pet? Give him or her some extra love and affection for just being so awesome.
11. Embrace your hobbies
You may have let your hobbies fall to the wayside because life is so busy. Pick them back up again. There’s a reason you love your hobbies; you deserve some time doing something you love that doesn’t have anything to do with work.
12. Give yourself relaxation time
If you’re running around all the time, you might feel guilty when you occasionally plop on the couch and watch a movie. Don’t. Make your resolution to give yourself relaxation time. You need it to avoid being burnt out.
13. Embrace mistakes
When you make a mistake, treat it as a learning experience, because that’s exactly what it is. Don’t sulk. Learn from it, and move on. You won’t make that mistake again.
14. Stop chasing happiness
Some people run after happiness like it’s some sort of destination. Happiness is not at all a destination. It’s a journey. When you stop trying to find happiness like it’s some sort of commodity, you will find it.
Related: 4 Easy Steps to Happiness
When it comes to making resolutions, it’s great to concentrate on eating better and working out. However, remember that personal growth and development don’t only mean physical health. There are so many ways you can improve this year so that you can not only reach your goals but surpass them.
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