The act of making New Year’s resolutions crosses the minds of nearly half of all Americans each year, with goals such as losing weight or quitting smoking ranked high in the top ten. As we conclude an eventful year, consider making a resolution with mindfulness at it's heart — most of these are quite easy to keep:
1. Resolve To Be Less Negative
Both laughter and optimism have been linked to longer, healthier lives. Resolve to reduce the unwanted side effects of negativity by upping the positive vibes this new year by writing gratitude lists and spending time daily reflecting on the positive things happening in your world.
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2. Resolve To Let Yourself Get Bored
Don’t fight it and don’t reach for that phone, we’re into letting boredom ride out in 2017. Boredom has been scientifically proven to make individuals more creative, bringing about problem solving skills that can strengthen and enhance your mental health.
3. Resolve To Cut Down On Smartphone Use
Excessive smartphone use can be a huge deterrent to many things such as relationships, friendships, and your spine. Instead of mindlessly scrolling social media feeds when bored, do something physically active. If you need some extra back up, we’ve got you covered with our list of five effective ways to break screen addiction.
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4. Resolve To Do Yoga
You don’t need a lot of time and you don’t need to be a pro to reap the whole-body benefits of yoga. The practice has been proven to aid in physical health and strength, but it’s also an effective tool for treating and preventing anxiety and depression. Watch Z Living's daily fitness shows like Namaste Yoga to do a complete yoga workout in the comfort of your own home.
5. Resolve To Plan More Trips
We learned earlier this month that spending money on experiences versus spending money on material products makes individuals more appreciative and satisfied. Check out our Z Living's inspiring travel stories for travel hacks and destination ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
6. Resolve To Keep a Journal
By committing to keeping a journal in the new year you can draw out plans, track progress, document important revelations and thoughts. To dive deeper into the art and benefits of journaling, check out Z Living's excellent guide of how to journal your way to the life you want.
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7. Resolve To Connect More With Friends and Family
Make conscious decisions to connect on a deeper level with treasured friends and family in the new year to renew your most important relationships.
8. Resolve To Schedule More Walking Dates With Friends
Double up on the physical health and your social well-being by making walking dates a thing with your friends and co-workers. The Mayo Clinic reports that daily brisk walks lowers your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes while improving balance, coordination and one’s own mood.
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9. Resolve To Learn A New Language
Being bilingual has been linked to higher capacities for multi-tasking, sustained attention and faster information processing. Additionally, being bilingual in the US can earn you on average roughly $2,000-$5,000 more annually than only being English speaking.
10. Resolve To Love Yourself That Much More
Love however you want. Show yourself more tender loving care in 2017 than any year before it. And since positivity is 100% contagious, those good vibrations will travel quick, spreading out to touch and benefit everyone around.
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What are your New Year’s resolutions? Share yours in the comment section below.