It’s 2020!  Gyms are overcrowded, cigarette sales are dropping, and for the next couple of weeks people will enthusiastically, albeit perhaps temporarily adhere to their resolutions.  While self-improvement is an admirable goal, resolutions made in January are often unsustainable.  With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for resolutions that won’t be too difficult to keep:

  • Use technology to stay connected. Resolve to learn one new social media platform or other technology that allows you to stay connected to your children, grandchildren or other younger people in hour life, whether they live near or far.
  • Get an annual wellness check-up. Rather than waiting for an ache, pain or illness to necessitate a visit to the doctor, schedule an annual wellness visit. This will allow you and your provider to outline prevention strategies, ensure that you receive all recommended screenings and vaccinations, and create a plan to keep you healthy in the months ahead.
  • Declutter. If you have lived in the same place for many years, you have likely accumulated a treasure trove of mementos. Your attic, garage and basement may be overflowing with boxed memorabilia.  Resolve to declutter these areas over the next 12 months. This project provides the added opportunity to organize photos and mementos for future generations.
  • Have the conversation you’ve been avoiding. Talk to your loved ones about your wishes in the event that you should become unable to make healthcare decision for yourself. Put your wishes in writing in a Living Will and select a Health Care Proxy who will be empowered to make decisions on your behalf should you be unable to do so.
  • Practice gratitude. Improve your quality of life by focusing on three things that you are thankful for each day. Studies have shown that gratitude is associated with greater levels of happiness, far surpassing money and material possessions. Even during the most difficult of times, there is often something to be grateful for, whether it is the people who mean the most to you, having a safe place to live, or being able to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Most importantly, be gentle with yourself. If you slip in your resolve to make positive changes, don’t give up. Simply start over. Regardless of what the calendar says, each day is a new opportunity to make our lives a little bit better. Happy New Year!