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Every January, people take the opportunity of the new year to resolve to make their lives a little better. We always hear the standard “lose 20 pounds,” “stop smoking” or “save money” resolutions, but where is the creativity in those? According to Forbes, only 8 percent of people actually stick to New Year’s resolutions. To jumpstart the success of your goals, a resolution should be personal and a promise to yourself to make this year better than the last. Try one of these simple-to-stick-to goals that are sure to boost happiness and confidence, no matter what your age.
Take A Trip
People don’t take time off for fun as often as they should. According to a recent report by CNN, Americans took less vacation days in 2013 than in the past four decades. Whether you’re still working 9-to-5 or are retired, taking a break from your daily routine can be a great way to recharge. Travel across the world, the country or even just across town. The trip will be good for your health and your happiness.
Traveling provides a new experience to learn, connects us to other cultures and traditions, reduces stress and can even help break bad habits or make lifestyle changes, according to MindBodyGreen.com.
Learn A New Skill
Always wanted to learn photography techniques, gardening methods, new recipes, sewing or maybe even a foreign language? NPR reported on a study that shows learning a new skill can increase your sharpness and minimize memory loss. In the article, Dr. Denise Park, a neuroscientist with the University of Texas, said that people who took on the task of learning something new, even something simple, improve their memory and cognitive ability. Pick up a new hobby or take a class. These will keep you on your toes, while having fun.
Renew Your Driver’s License
A lot of people give up driving when they get older. Maybe your license has expired or you feel like you don’t need it anymore. Or maybe you never got your driver’s license in the first place. It’s not too late though. Your license can boost your sense of independence and self-reliance. If you’re nervous about taking the test, practice online at sites like Driving-Tests.org. Even if you don’t plan to drive much this year, the freedom and option to drive if you desire can make life a lot easier.
While the main reason we volunteer is to help others, a wonderful byproduct is how we can feel more fulfilled and powerful through service. No matter what causes you are passionate about, volunteering is beneficial for you and your community. According to HelpGuide.org, volunteering helps you connect to others in your community, make new friends and increase your social. It also benefits your mental health and self confidence. Help pick up trash or deliver goods to shelters. It’s good for you physically, and it’s good for the world!