The 10 Part New Year’s Resolution Support Group Initiative

New Year’s resolutions need to not be so selfish. It’s hard to support your goals when you’re the only one motivating you to achieve them. Eventually your brain is just going to tell you that lava cake is going to be much more fun then asking for the check, and when you turn to your friend to see if they want to split it with you they’ll already be halfway towards ordering there own. Mission: failed.

Instead we need to consider universal resolutions, a sort of New Year’s support group. If we were all working towards an agreed upon list, we might just work a little harder to make sure we don’t get left behind. Here are ten things we all can work towards in 2014 and beyond to head off a New Year’s Resolution Support Group initiative.

10) Educate yourself before voicing your opinion. It takes 10 minutes or less to research a current event. It takes seconds to discredit yourself with an uninformed opinion.

9) Spend less time wasting time. If you’re capable of completing your to-do list for the day, you don’t need to refresh your social media timeline every 2 minutes. If anything important happens that directly impacts your life, you won’t find it on Facebook.

8) Spend more time exercising. No matter what form you choose, there are countless physical and mental advantages. Bonus points if you go with a friend.

7) Let go of the little things. They really are that little, and you’ll forget about them tomorrow. For a quick fix, refer to #8.

6) You won’t wear that shirt you haven’t worn in 2 years but keep ‘just in case’. Get rid of it, donate it, or take it to a consignment shop. You can even write it off on your tax return.

5) Spend as much time as you can with your family. The older you get, the more valuable your time with them becomes. Do not take them for granted. Texting and writing on their Facebook wall does not count.

4) Stop blaming the government for everything that goes wrong in your life. They aren’t perfect, and neither are you. Here’s a handy website if you’d like to help them do their job:

3) Be honest with your advice. Chances are somebody has already asked other people for their opinion, but you might be the only person willing to be honest with them. Your honesty might hurt their feelings now, but they will thank you later.

2) Kill them with kindness. Negative attitudes are the fuel to preceding negative attitudes. Nobody benefits from raised voices and condescending statements.

1) Find a reason to laugh every single day. “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” ― Steve Martin


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Kaci Howe

Kaci Howe

Ohio University Class of 2012, Ohio University Marching 110 Alum, Devil's Advocate, & Wanderlust. Firm believer that running, books, and dogs are the cures for most of life's problems.