I'm not big for resolutions usually. I think they're staid and mostly set you up for disappointment. That said, I think setting intentions is a much better way to re-imagine New Year's Resolutions. The most important thing is just to take those first steps, and each next step will be easier from there.
Here are 10 that I think we can all benefit from:
1. Laugh more
At yourself, jokes, movies, LOLcats, whatever makes you feel good. Smiling and laughing increases serotonin and endorphins in your body, which is always a good thing.
2. Get fit
Whatever that means to you, whether that's training for a marathon or walking an extra 15 steps every day, make an effort to be healthy. I would urge though, not to make a "lose 15 pounds" goal, instead, make an effort to be healthier, and that way, as long as you're incorporating healthier foods and exercising, you'll meet your goal!
3. Make time for those you love
I often neglect this one, being states away from my family and on different schedules than most of my friends, but I'm always happier after I've spent a night sharing wine and stories, regardless of how badly I need to do laundry.
4. Plan ahead financially
This might mean get out of debt, or simply making ends meet for a while, but make a budget and do your best to stick to it. You'll be much happier and sane when it comes to money issues. And balancing your checkbook every month will reveal your shopping habits and explain the mystery of "Where did all of my paycheck go?"
See this post for ideas and reasons. Bascially it will help you in the long run, as well as make you feel infinitely wealthy in the process. And helping someone in need comes back to you in the universe as well!
6. Try new things
The weekly challenges here at FnF are a great way to start stretching yourself a little bit at a time. Don't throw away your current life to become a professional scuba diver if you've never seen the ocean, but start taking classes, get your feet wet (I'm so funny), and explore new opportunities as they arise.
7. Minimize and organize
This is certainly on the top of my list. I am a bit of a clutter-person, and I need to start streamlining my life a little more. Having things tidy or at least in order will help your creativity flow and help you stop procrastinating.
Physically to a new place or just in your head with a fabulous book, traveling expands your mind and gives you a much needed break from everyday gridlock.
9. Break a bad habit
Smoking, drinking, picking your nose, whatever you do that you need to quit, make the small steps now. If you're not sure what your bad habits are, I'm sure your spouse, lover, or close friends could help you find one!
10. Look Ahead
At work or at home, make decisions in the now but try and see how they might affect you down the line. This could mean applying for a new job, or going for that promotion, or even ditching and starting your own jewelry line.
What are your resolutions my dear dears?