Every new year, millions of people resolve to make resolutions. They range from getting in shape to losing weight; to getting more sleep to having a better attitude in the workplace. But have you ever thought about setting resolutions that aren’t the “norm”?
Here are some resolution suggestions that you probably haven’t thought of lately, but are certainly worthy of consideration.
Give a Card
You know how good you feel when you receive that special birthday card — just the fact that someone thought enough of you to spend that special note can turn a bad day into a good day. This year, why not bring back this lost art by resolving to send one card to someone every week. Maybe it’s your hairdresser, or your child’s teacher. Everyone enjoys the gift of gratitude and you can give just this by sending a card.
Donate Your Unused Items
Almost everyone has things that go unused and are taking up precious space in our homes. Sometimes it’s easy to drop items off at the local Goodwill, and although this is a worthwhile drop-off location, resolve this year to share your donations with other local charities here in our community and commit to making one donation every month.
Make a Resolution with Your Significant Other
Relationships can be tough work and if we don’t commit to investing time and energy, they can suffer. This year, resolve to spend quality time with your significant other. Consider a weekly “date night” (and an expensive night out IS NOT required). If fitness is part of your New Year’s resolution, consider getting fit together — an evening walk around the neighborhood is a great way to spend time together. Another easy resolution to make with your special someone — give compliments. It’s so easy to take one another for granted so even the smallest words can brighten someone’s day.
Commit to Being a Better Family
Life is busy and sometimes we lose sight of what is truly important. This year, take the time to connect with your family on an intentional level. If family dinners are a struggle due to busy schedules, determine one night per week that you can sit around the table together. Maybe your family needs to work on “showing love”. Sure, words of affirmation are one of the best ways to do this, but consider doing something for a family member that shows that you care. Not sure what you can do? Pop a note in your child’s lunchbox to tell them how proud you are of them, or send a quick text to your busy teenager to just say I love you.
Of course there are hundreds of others, but these are just a few that with minimal effort can pay big dividends. Regardless of whether or not you decide to make a resolution, 2017 is just around the corner—do your best to make it your best year yet!