By Fredrica Syren:
Goodbye, 2013. You were filled with joy, and some ups and downs. Hello, 2014! I hope you will be a really good year.
The new year is when many of us make resolutions — things we would like to achieve and/or to make better for ourselves. 40 to 45 percent of adults make one or more New Year’s resolutions each year. The most popular ones are to stop smoking, to lose weight and to decrease drinking. Sadly, 22 percent of these people will break their resolution after just one week. The reason for the failure might be that most people do not back their resolution with a good plan. I recommend that people get the help of friends and dear ones to keep their motivation level high.
I’m no better: I have made resolutions every year and failed, too. However, throughout the years I’ve learned to make resolutions that are easy to achieve. On New Year’s Eve, my husband and I would write in a notebook what we wanted to let go of from the previous year and what we wanted to achieve during the next. Usually, it was to practice yoga more, hike more, smile more, to travel more, and to make this happen together. I would like to call them goals instead of resolutions.
This is the list:
- Bella will be nice to her brother Noah (I was blown away when she come up with this one and, so far, she has kept her promise!)
- We will work on yelling less Give more hugs and kisses
- Travel (to Paris, Spain, London, Switzerland and New York)
- Go out and play outside every day
- Buy fewer cans (again one of Bella’s brilliant ideas)
- See more of Sweden
- Dance to one song every day