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Lose 20 pounds, make a million dollars, blah, blah. This year, skip the lofty resolutions that you’ll never be able to keep and focus on smaller, more attainable goals instead. Here, 50 New Year’s resolutions that you totally can—and should—make.
It’ll help your balance, relieve stiff muscles and reduce stress. Oh, and it feels ah-mazing.
Starting every day with a homemade veggie smoothie is seriously ambitious. But adding a few leaves/cucumber slices/sprigs of parsley to every dish? Totally doable.
Ditch the disposable cups and invest in a super-cool travel mug. It’s better for the environment and your wallet.
Having one hilarious gag that you can always fall back on is a must-have life skill. (Just make sure that it’s work and grandparent-appropriate.)
You know you should. And here are seven tricks to help you do it.
Stock up on birthday cards, thank-you cards and generic, multipurpose cards to whip out whenever you to send a note. (And buy some forever stamps, while you’re at it.)
Even if it’s just for a few minutes every week. Can’t seem to quiet your mind? That’s part of the practice—just bring your thoughts back to the breath and try again.
Because those ATM fees are killer.
Sick of hearing questions about your love life? Send her a nice, handwritten letter instead.
Hey, there’s no shame in grabbing a celebrity gossip magazine instead of The New Yorker.
Next time you’re stuck in a long line, give your phone a good clear out—delete apps you don’t use and go through your photo library to get rid of duplicates.
And make it official by telling your coworkers you leave at 5:30 every day. No ifs, ands or buts.
And reminisce about the good old days.
Sick of making plans with your friend who always flakes? Book club stopped being fun six months ago? Time to say goodbye and move on.
Keep a pack of cleansing wipes on your nightstand for when you’re too tired to make it to the bathroom.
Doctor’s orders. Set a bedtime and stick to it.
Better yet, invest in a real alarm clock (oh hey, remember those?) and charge your phone in another room overnight.
Landing your dream job takes time, hard work and knowing the right people. Start by expanding your professional network and find someone who can help you get there.
All that resentment is energy better spent.
Not to visit your parents or because it’s your friend’s wedding.
A pretty low-lift way to stay on top of those piles of toys and stacks of unpaid bills.
Not every day (you’re trying to get your finances in check, remember?) but every now and then, perk up your home or office with some fresh blooms.
Remember when you could eat out without taking a photo of your food/texting your friends/scrolling through Instagram? Yeah, us neither.
With so many amazing shows and movies to stream, there’s really no reason to watch anything less than amazing. (Looking at you, Real Mob Wives of Tulsa.)
And here’s a handy cheat sheet for what to ask while you’re there.
It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it. (We recommend dancing around the living room or doing a walking meeting instead of a sitting one.)
Squabbles with loved ones are inevitable but there’s a good way to argue and a bad way. Spoiler: Going silent doesn’t solve anything.
Find an empowering statement that resonates with you and repeat it throughout the week whenever you need a motivational boost. We like: “You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé.”
Yes, even when you’re tipsy.
Are you ever really going to wear that plaid miniskirt from college again or that shirt with the grease stain? No. Toss or donate.
Opt out from any subscriptions that you don’t want anymore (or never even signed up for in the first place). Try an app like Truebill to help you out.
Put those dusty cookbooks on the bookshelf to good use. Or get inspired by some of these tasty (and not at all difficult) recipes.
Better for the environment, your health and your bank account.
Because you’re too old for hangovers and there are way too many amazing budget-friendly options available.
It’s not fun to think about, but sorting out a will, power of attorney and letter of instruction will give you peace of mind. Here are three surprising things you’re probably forgetting to put in your will.
Doing the same old, same old is boring. Try a new way to get to work or the grocery store and explore a different part of the neighborhood.
You’ll help someone in need and feel great in the process. It’s a win-win.
According to researchers, the difference between happy and unhappy relationships comes down to the ratio of positive to negative interactions, namely five to one.
But, like, really.
It’s full of antioxidants, proven to boost your mood and tastes delicious.
Pick up the phone and have an actual conversation, instead of texting back and forth for 50 minutes.
So what if you always give your brother a way a more expensive gift? And who cares whose turn it is to host dinner? Bottom line: Everyone’s doing the best they can. Stop keeping track.
Share an idea you’ve had for ages with a colleague, ask one question during the monthly presentation or send your boss a follow-up note to a meeting. Make it a point to make your voice heard.
Boring, yes. But just imagine how happy your dentist will be.
Think of how much more relaxed you’ll feel if you rock up to your work meeting or dinner with the in-laws five minutes early. (And um, how much less annoyed others will feel.)
Load up your Kindle so you've got something to do instead of Candy Crush.
The most important New Year’s resolution of all—be kind to yourself (and others).
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