Resolutions to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet
1. Reflect on what was
Gratitude does more to chase away feelings of sadness than any amount of booze or chocolate, so look back at 2014 and focus on all the wonderful people and events that made it memorable.
2. Give back
Many of us give generously at Christmastime, but by the New Year our good will has fallen by the wayside, along with the last remnants of the holiday season. If you’re feeling lonely or like your self esteem has taken a hit, consider giving back to your community by volunteering. Not only will you meet new people and learn new skills, but you’ll also get that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with doing a good deed. Contact your local church or volunteer centre to find out how you can help.
3. Start as you mean to go on
How do you want 2015 to be? Take a look at your life and situation and see if there are things you would like to change. Don’t go in for self-assassination; find one thing you could realistically change that would improve your life and focus on that. It might be adopting a healthier diet, exercising more, quitting smoking, learning a new skill or hobby, making more time for friends and family, or focusing on your next promotion at work. Whatever you choose, do it with conviction and revisit your goal throughout the year to keep yourself accountable.
4. Be bold
Make 2015 the year of being braver. Invited to a party where you don’t know anyone but the host? Say you’ll go and challenge yourself to meet at least three new people. (You might even have fun!) Or maybe you have matches who’ve shown interest, but you’ve been too shy to make contact? Now is the time to do something different and make a move. Embrace your inner risk-taker. It will pay off in spades.
5. Say yes
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is say YES to life. Make 2015 the year where you stop making excuses for why you can’t, and start thinking of all the reasons why you can! Always wanted to travel overseas, but thought you’d enjoy it more as a couple? Let go of that ‘can’t do’ attitude and book your plane ticket. Take your life off hold and start living.
6. Open your mind
Sometimes we get stuck in our ways and miss out on things we might actually find pleasure in. If you want your life situation to change, the chances are that you will have to change. As Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The New Year is a great time to adopt a new, more open mindset. See how it feels to step outside your comfort zone and embrace new experiences. Who knows, you might even enjoy going to that party/ making the first move with a match/ joining a local club or sports team/ [insert your next adventure here].
7. Throw out the old
Nothing new can come into your life until you’ve made room for it. That’s just as true for love as it is everything else. The New Year is a great time to let go of any remnants of a failed relationship or unrequited love. Delete your ex’s emails from your inbox, get rid of photos, gifts and any other mementos you’re still hanging onto. Have a good cry if you need to, but commit to moving onward and upward with your life.
8. Welcome in the new
Let yourself dream. Where do you want to be one year from now? Make the dream really big, clear, and vivid. Write it down and put it somewhere where you can read it next year. Keep it real, achievable and focused.
9. Spread the love
Resolve to spread love, rather than find love. With a full life, and an open heart and mind, you will naturally attract more love into your life.
The New Year is a great time to take stock and determine how you want to make the most of the next 12 months. If you’re looking to bring more love into your life this year, resolve to start the year with a positive outlook.
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