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Why do we make New Year's Resolutions?
It's a new year. You've probably already made a few goals to better yourself. You've made a goal to lose weight, travel more, find a new job, give up coffee or something else. Why do we make these promises to ourselves?
How's that quitting coffee going?
The history behind New Year's Resolutions.
The origins of resolutions are religious ones. Starting with the Babylonians who promised their gods at the beginning of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Roman Julius Caesar declared January 1 the first day of the year to honor Janus, the god of new beginnings. By the end of the Great Depression, about a quarter of adult Americans were making New Year's resolutions.
Less than 10% of New Year's Resolutions are actually kept.
New Year’s Resolutions You Won’t Quit
Save more money.
Do the 52-week saving challenge in reverse. If you get the most expensive weeks out of the way first, you’re likely to stick to it. So use that check from your great Aunt Betty and start the challenge.
Drink more water.
Every year I say I'm going to drink more water. This year, my New Hydration System with Genesis is going to help me achieve that goal. The new Genesis collection of beverageware from Zak Designs is set to change the way people look at water bottles by giving them the freedom to customize their bottles based on their daily activities. Customizable. Water. Bottles.
The new patent-pending Genesis collection includes an assortment of bottle sizes and colors in both vacuum-insulated, double-wall stainless steel as well as durable Tritan material. At the heart of these innovative water bottles, however, is the Versa lid that features a silicone drinking straw on one side of the lid and a chug spout on the other. This unique feature gives people the freedom to use the same bottle whether they are sipping casually at their desk or quench their thirst in a hurry after a workout.
The silicone straw has a push-button flip-up lid, and the straw can be removed for easy cleaning in the dishwasher. The
chug spout has a carrying loop that keeps the cap attached tothe bottle and also makes it easy to clip the bottle onto bags or backpacks. And because the Genesis bottles feature Zak’s Omni-Lid Technology, all of the lids are completely
interchangeable with any of the Genesis water bottles.
So why drink more water? I'll give you ten good reasons.
1. Water is 75% of your brain.
2. Drinking water regulates your body temperature.
3. Water keeps your skin looking younger.
4. Drinking water helps protect your heart.
5. Drinking water helps you burn fat.
6. Getting enough water helps prevent constipation.
7. Drinking water decreases fatigue.
8. Water carries oxygen cells.
9. Water flushes toxins out of your body.
10. Water helps you control calorie intake.
Participate in a photography challenge.
Participate in a photography challenge. You don’t have to break out the fancy camera; your smartphone or point and shoot camera will do just fine. Doing a photo challenge is a great way to improve your photography skills.
Go on more dates.
Vow to go on more dates with your spouse or partner. You don't have to spend a ton of money to find time together.
Instead of making a resolution to exercise every single day, resolve to do at least one 30-day fitness challenge during 2020. You may find that you like it so much you’ll want to do another, then another. Another idea is to get a daily motivational calendar. Many have quick activities you can do each day.
Plan more, procrastinate less.
Procrastinate less by using a to-do list to motivate yourself. Crossing things off that list is so satisfying.
Have trouble keeping up with journaling or scrapbooking? Start a smashbook instead. There are no rules, and it doesn’t have to look pretty… just glue/tape/smash any mementos you’d like in the book.
If you want to keep a cleaner house in 2020, involve the kids in the chores. A cleaner house that’s LESS work for you? Now that’s a winning resolution! Don't worry about having to Kon Mari everything, just take one step at a time.
Take time for yourself.
Leave the kids with the grandparents or another trusted friend/relative once a month for a few hours or overnight to get some alone time to re-energize.
Less screen time
Watch less television. Here are more than 100 tv-free activities for kids, and if you’re helping them, that’s time you’re not in front of the tube, too.
Give yourself a new look
Try at least one new hairstyle each month, even if you just take it for a spin at home.
Meet other people
Get to know your neighbors. Host at least one block party this year.
Random acts of kindness.
Do more random acts of kindness. You’ll feel good, and you’ll make someone’s day.
Do things for the earth
Carry reusable shopping bags. Walk instead of driving. Recycle what you can. There are so many things you can do to save the earth, and not just on earth day.
Try new things
Try something new for 30 days. If you like it, keep it. If you don’t enjoy the activity after 30 days, ditch it for another.
Make achievable resolutions
Finally, make achievable resolutions all year long. Don’t wait for a new year to make changes that need to be made. Anytime is a good time to change yourself for the better.