At the beginning of every year a very special event takes place. This special event is the celebration of the new year and people all around the world love partaking. From champagne toasts to black tie affairs, and everything in between. New Year’s is truly the perfect time to celebrate!
The celebration, however, is not the focal point of the New Year. There is another, more personal, event that takes place on this same day and I’m sure you’ve heard about it before: Setting your New Year’s resolutions.
According to the Statistic Brain, “45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions, whilst 38% of Americans never make New Year’s Resolutions.”
New Year’s Resolutions are very common, and for good reasons! New Year’s Resolutions are typically a personal goal or achievement that are meant to better yourself as a person. These goals or achievements could be literally anything… from opening doors for people throughout the year, spending less money on useless things, or eating better, whatever helps improve you as a person can qualify as a resolution to make.
Everyone, regardless of age, should have a New Year’s Resolution and work toward being a better person in 2017. What is something that has been preventing you from being the best person you could possibly be?
Let’s look at some common resolutions people have made in the past!
- Weight loss or weight gain
This is one of the most popular resolutions. Losing weight is a very common goal for anyone who feels like they’ve put on too many pounds. Losing weight as we age can be difficult for some and far too easy for others. Think about your own health concerns and consider making weight loss or weight gain part of your resolutions this year.
- U.S. News & World Report: Best Diets for Seniors
- LiveStrong.com: Best Weight Loss Plan for Senior Women
- Shape Magazine: Millennials Struggle with Weight Loss More Than Baby Boomers
- AgingCare.com: 5 High-Calorie Foods for Seniors
- NHS.uk: Over 60 and Underweight
- Enjoying life to the fullest
This is a broad resolution but nonetheless extremely important. Enjoying life to the fullest can consist of many things such as: being proactive, discovering your values, setting goals, doing things you love, and much, much more! Not sure how to live life to the fullest? Check out these 101 ways to live your life to the fullest.
- Family time
This is a very common resolution. In most cases, whether it be work, distance, or physical complications, not spending enough time with your family members could really take a toll on your happiness. This explains why it is such an important resolution! Think about your ideal week and start designing your life around your ideas.
Michael Hyatt has a great Ideal Week template to use. Read his article on “How to Better Control Your Time by Designing Your Ideal Week” to get started.
- Healthy eating
This resolution goes hand-in-hand with weight loss or gaining those important lbs. To most, it’s easier to fix your bad eating habits when you have a fresh start. Consider a resolution this year to eat better, eat cleaner, give up fast-food once and for all, and commit to meal planning.
Bloomberg shares the top apps to help you food shop smarter, cook smarter and eat better too. Our favorites include:
- Food Labels Exposed
- Learn new things
Maintaining a sharp mind is not as easy as it sounds. Many people have committed to learning new things throughout the new year. Learn a new language, become an expert in a new skill, or expand your mind to new topics. There are many online learning opportunities and sites dedicated to the endeavor. Check out sites like Lynda.com, TheGreatCourses.com, and Udemy.com to name a few. There is no time like the present to learn something new!
An Age Limit? No Way!
New Year’s resolutions do not discriminate against age! There is absolutely no age limit to these personal goals and/or achievements!
Let us tell you why…
Resolutions aren’t meaningless. They are human survival tactics. Living healthier, longer, more efficiently. These are all things that enable us to find comfort in the unknown.
When you make a New Year’s Resolution, you are in control. It is then up to you to follow through with these personal promises or achievements. Good luck on your resolutions, whatever you might choose.
Already know what resolution you’re going to achieve this year? Share with us in the comments below!