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The new year is upon us! And this year, my prayer is that you enjoy more blessings than you can count.
I hope that this year is filled with opportunities, enlightenment, growth, and most of all, happiness—however, you define it.
While you can resolve to better yourself at any time, the new year tends to be filled with self-reflection and optimism. When folks pledge to lose weight, get in better shape, get out of debt, or quit bad habits, those resolutions often turn to illusions.
When you focus on changing behaviors (rather than idealizing an outcome), it usually ends up being a completely different story. Here are 5 unique New Year’s resolutions that can surprisingly, yet radically, change your life.
Make laughing a priority every day
They say that laughter is the best medicine, and they know what they’re talking about. Laughter reduces anxiety and decreases levels of stress hormones. It activates the feel-good reward aspect of the nervous system, and it’s essential to building relationships and strengthening the human connection. Oh, and it’s free. Try to stop taking yourself and life so seriously all the time; permit yourself to laugh every day.
Spend time alone
When you learn to be comfortable spending time in solitude—no phone, no computer, no books, no music, nothing—your life will never, ever be the same. It can be challenging to be alone with yourself (especially in today’s fast-paced, highly-distracting world), but that’s where the magic happens. Listen to your body. Tune into your thoughts. Explore your senses. Take in your environment.
Practice gratitude daily
A sense of gratitude is a powerful and positive experience that can promote a healthier, happier life. Gratitude attracts abundance as we focus on what we have—instead of what we don’t. Gratitude elevates mood, helps you feel more connected, helps you become a more likable, more trustworthy person, and it also helps lower inflammation, helps you cope with stress, reduces anxiety, boosts energy levels, improves sleep, and reduces the symptoms of illness. Take time to count your blessings daily by thanking someone or something every day.
Fast once a month
Intermittent fasting is gaining popularity for many reasons. Many religions have harnessed the power of fasting for centuries. Fasting teaches self-control, self-denial, sacrifice, and mindfulness. It teaches us to weather temptation and builds resilience. It heightens our awareness, and it benefits the mind, body, and spirit.
Embrace a “Do It Now” mindset
Want to stop procrastinating? Embrace this mantra: Do it now. Whenever it comes to mind, do it now—whatever and whenever it may be. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. And if you can’t finish what you start, that’s okay too. Take whatever steps you can—right now.
To a better New Year! To a better you!
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Hi, I'm Ralph Gregore Masalihit!
An RFP Graduate (Registered Financial Planner Institute - Philippines).
A Personal Finance Advocate. An I.T. by Profession. An Investor. Business Minded. An Introvert. A Photography Enthusiast. A Travel and Personal Finance Blogger (Lakbay Diwa and Kuripot Pinoy).
Currently, I'm working my way toward time and financial freedom.