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30 New Year's Resolutions

Updated on October 25, 2013

New Years is a Time to Set Goals

The start of the new year can bring on a sense of rejuvenation and renewed motivation. We examine our lives, reflecting on what we're happy with and what we want to change. It's a time to decide what we want to accomplish that year and how we're going to go about it. New Year's resolutions can be incredibly exciting to make. It's our time to show the world just what we want to be.

Sometimes, though, it can be hard to come up with goals that are attainable. Often, we lose motivation as the year goes on, and our resolutions slip by the wayside and become forgotten. You need to make sure you choose a goal that is exciting and you really want so that you are more determined to accomplish it. It can be a good idea to make several types of resolutions, some of which are practical and some that are more fun. This way, you can motivate yourself to keep your more difficult resolutions by rewarding yourself with the fun ones.

If you're stuck for ideas for your News Year's resolutions, here's a few options. Some of them will help you to be healthier, smarter, or a better person, and some are just plain fun. Work hard and stay determined and you might be surprised at how rewarding your News Year's resolutions can be.

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Stay Healthy

A lot of people try to make New Year's resolutions that concern health and exercise. These are fantastic choices because they can help in all aspects of our lives. The healthier we are, the more likely we are to accomplish any other resolutions. They can seem difficult to keep, but the more you practice, the easier they become. Here's a few classic resolutions that anyone can make, regardless of lifestyle or money.

  • 1. Eat healthier (less sugar, more vegetables)
  • 2. Home cook more meals
  • 3. Buy lunch (or dinner) less often
  • 4. Exercise (either going to the gym or just walking around the block)
  • 5. Try a new sport

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

It's so easy to let our News Year's Resolutions slip away and fail. But, you don't need to let that happen. It's really all up to you, and the more determined you are, the more likely you'll succeed. If you have trouble each year keeping your resolutions, try this book to help you out.

For the More Adventerous

If you're looking for some excitement, there's a multitude of adventure resolutions you can make. The catch, of course, is that they all cost money and sometimes require travel, but the adrenaline rush is well worth it. They're not for everyone, of course. They definitely require some bravery! If they look like fun but you're not sure if they're for you, try zip lining first. It's not nearly as scary as the rest and is much safer. If you try one of these activities, you may just find yourself wanting to try a few more next year.

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  • 6. Bungee jump
  • 7. Sky dive
  • 8. Zip line
  • 9. Go white water rafting
  • 10. Take a hot air balloon ride

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The word "travel" often brings to mind dollar signs. This doesn't always need to be the case, though. Depending where you're going, you can backpack and stay in hostels. It might not appeal to everyone, but you'll get to see a lot more of the world for the same price. You can also find last minute air fare deals online if you're more flexible. And remember, travelling doesn't necessarily need to be a major vacation. Sometimes there's lots to see and do within driving distance.

  • 11. Travel to more local places (daytrips)
  • 12. Travel within the country
  • 13. Travel to other countries

Exerising Your Mind

Finding ways to expand your mind is a great New Year's resolution. You might take this to an extreme or keep it simple, and there's always different levels to any resolution. For example, I love the goal "to get published." This doesn't necessarily mean you need to go out and write a book. You can submit an opinion piece to your local newspaper or write an online article about something you love. Or, if you want to learn a language, it doesn't mean you need to become fluent all in one year. Sometimes it's all about small steps to reach a bigger goal.

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  • 14. Read more (books, magazines, newspapers...think outside the box!)
  • 15. Get published (even locally)
  • 16. Learn a new language (or relearn a forgotten language)
  • 17. Learn a new skill (cooking, woodworking, painting, sewing, gardening...the list is endless)
  • 18. Experience more culture (think plays, art shows, etc.)

Contribute to the Community

Giving back to your community can be a wonderful New Years resolution. You feel good doing it and others benefit, too. There's lots of possibilities that can suit any personality type or time commitment. You may find that you enjoy it so much it stops becoming a resolution and becomes a part of your everyday life. Also, if you give one community event a try and don't like, still try another. It might take a bit of trial and error to find what interests you.

  • 19. Volunteer (animal shelters, big brother/big sister, church, schools, soup kitchens...)
  • 20. Give to charity
  • 21. Donate old clothes (or other items)
  • 22. Participate in or attend more community events

Around the House

It seems like we always have something around the house we want to fix up or change. News Year's resolutions are the perfect motivation. At the start of the year, take a look around your house and decide what you want to accomplish for the year, whether it's big, small, or in between. Be realistic, though. Don't give yourself a list of fifty things or something that will cost more money than you can afford. If you make a goal you know you can't likely keep, you'll become discouraged and won't keep your other resolutions, either. But there's lots of time in the year, so don't be skimpy, either! Try setting "high," "medium," and "low" priority tasks so you won't be upset if you don't accomplish them all. These can also be a great way to bring the family together for some quality time.

  • 23. Clean the house (big, but doable)
  • 24. Have a garage sale (perfect for getting rid of the stuff you found when cleaning)
  • 25. Make some home renovations (use your garage sale money to help pay for small renovations)
  • 26. Create or expand your garden
  • 27. Grow your own veggies (perfect for eating healthier)

Reconnect with the People in your Life

One of the more neglected resolutions but also one of the most important (and often simple) is to spend more time with the people in our lives. It's so easy to get caught up in the fast paced world we live in and neglect our family and friends. This year, make time for them, whether they're local or long distance. There is nothing more important than time and no bigger regret than a person lost.

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  • 28. Write more letters (or emails...or make more phone calls)
  • 29. Visit relatives more often (out of town or local...sometimes a simple cup of coffee can be a treasured experience)
  • 30. Spend more time with friends

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