5 tips better than New Years Resolutions

5 tips better than New Years Resolutions

I've never really been a fan of New Year's Resolutions; believing instead that we should set and work towards goals every day and every week of the year. 

Happiness and success aren't just once a year targets; or they shouldn't be. And this article provides us with 5 things that are even better…

by Dr. Vanita Braver via the Huffington Post

As another year passes and a new one begins, it is only natural to think about how you can improve your life. Many of us try to start this journey of self improvement by making New Year's resolutions. We vow that this year will be the year that we will succeed in keeping them, only to be disappointed yet again. We have all felt this way — you are not alone.

Behavioral change is hard. We set ourselves up for failure by having unrealistic goals and expectations without having a clear plan of how to execute the change we seek. We often make resolutions because we think we will be happier — if only we could just lose weight, could just get out of debt, or even just be less stressed. Resolutions that are not kept lead to feelings of failure, yet resolutions that are kept do not necessarily create happiness. So what should one do?

Skip the New Year's resolutions and focus on these lifelong tips throughout the year!

1. Pay attention to the relationships that are the most meaningful. Humans are social creatures. We want to love and feel loved. We strive for intimate connections. Therefore, spend more quality time with family and close friends. Let go of those relationships that are unhealthy and toxic, those that bring you down and drain your energy, or those that don't add significant meaning to your life.  The older we get, the faster time seems to fly by. Why not spend it with those we cherish the most?

2. Live according to your values. We are always making choices and our choices have consequences. Everyday, we have dilemmas that we need to resolve. Act from a position of character. Be honest. Respect others. Have empathy. Live generously. Forgive easily. Show humility. When you live a life of integrity, you are creating an authentic life filled with grace and wisdom. Life is difficult at times and there is a fragile thread that binds us all. So much can be lost in a second, but no one can ever take away your character…

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