Do you make New Year’s resolutions every year? Do you keep them? If you are like most of us, those resolutions are met with great gusto on January 2nd, only to be left by the wayside by January 31st.
The history of New Year’s resolutions dates back to the Babylonians who made promises to their gods to pay back debts and the Romans made promises to the god Janus. Since that time, people have been faithfully making and breaking New Year’s resolutions every year.
Most New Year’s resolutions are made with the idea of making a change to better oneself: save more money, eat healthily, work out more. Of course these are all very important, but, when you break those types of resolutions, the feeling of failure can make it harder to achieve your goals. So why not leave those ideas aside and focus on New Year’s resolutions that you will be able to successfully keep.
Of course we aren’t suggesting that you don’t make personal goals. On the contrary, we think personal goals are important, and, that is why they shouldn’t be made as a resolution.
So what are the New Year’s resolutions you need to keep? The ones you can keep. The ones that involve family and friends. The ones that will make you feel great each and every day. They can be a one-time thing or a regular occurrence. Here are some suggestions:
- Set the table at least once a week and have dinner with everyone in the house.
- Walk the dog even though it is really cold. He needs it.
- Make extra food and invite a neighbour.
- Volunteer one time at a food bank. You may love it and keep going back.
- Get to know your kid’s friends. Have them for dinner.
- Research a new vegetable recipe once a month, then make it and serve it up.
These are just a few suggestions. What are your New Year’s resolutions? Share them with us on facebook.