The end of the year is fast approaching, and it’s time to make resolutions that will start the new year off in the right direction. This year, make resolutions that will lead you to a happier life and that you’ll have fun keeping.
Make a new friend
Friendships are (and should be) a huge part of our lives. We lean on, talk to, sympathize with, tell secrets to and share milestones with female friends. There’s something to be said about old friends we’ve known forever, of course, but there’s nothing wrong with picking up a new friend or two along the way. The next time you find yourself chatting it up with a stranger and she puts a smile on your face or makes you laugh, ask her to lunch.
Make exercise fun
Instead of vowing to make yourself exercise, try promising to make it something to which you look forward. Enlist a friend as an exercise buddy or sign up for a fun class at the gym. If you’re an outdoorsy gal, buy a bike and spend some time in the great outdoors. If you’re a couch potato, make a promise to do jumping jacks through commercial breaks.
This year, resolve to do something that’s just for you: sleep. All those nights of little or no sleep catch up to you eventually. You feel sluggish, and your mood usually suffers. Whether it’s going to bed early or delaying your morning alarm, try to add just a little more sleep to each night. After a while, you’ll feel healthier, happier and ready to roll.
Even you’re able to pay your bills on time, you may find yourself worrying about what you would do in an emergency if you needed to come up with extra money quickly. Resolve to put those worries to rest by building a financial safety net. Put something back from every paycheck — however much or little you can spare. You’ll rest easier knowing it’s there, and fewer worries lead to a happier you.
Do something for someone else
Try your best to help someone out each day. It doesn’t have to be anything big, and it doesn’t have to cost anything. Hold doors open for women with strollers, visit a lonely relative, or deliver a meal to someone who’s under the weather. Helping other people makes you feel good about yourself — and you have to feel good about yourself to be happy.