In 2018 we will once again pledge our unwavering commitment to acts of personal and mutual endeavor. New Years resolutions are an annual opportunity to reflect on the past and dedicate oneself to a brighter future. In this article, we present some of the most common New Years resolutions made each year.
Perhaps the most important New Years resolution is to not make promises you can't keep. Without such a promise, the task really would be a futile one! Broken resolutions are taken far too lightly, and it can be detrimental to habitually break our promises to ourselves. With that in mind, lets take a look at the most popular New Years resolutions for 2018!
10. Fall in love
Our resolve to find that special someone who can help us through strife and adversity is a perennial concern that becomes especially salient over the Christmas period. Spending the holidays alone can be a depressing reminder of one's relationship status. Spending it with family can be equally bothersome when everyone else brings a partner. A resolution to fall is love usually involves being more social, signing up to dating websites, and making an effort to improve one's appearance.
9. Overcome addiction
This is a common new years resolution, but one that is frequently understated. We can become addicted to more than just alcohol and cigarettes. Other common addictions include gambling, betting, online poker and bingo games, television, video games, pornography, and hard drugs. Addiction is a grey area, so if you're not sure, ask family and friends for an objective opinion. Don't be afraid to seek help. It's braver to admit the problem than to hide it with pride.
8. Learn something new
How about learning a new language? Spanish, in particular, is a language that's spoken in many beautiful parts of the world, such as South America and the Caribbean. Alternatively, you could try learning a musical instrument. There are few instruments that can match the elegant sound of the flute. For something easier, why not pick up a book and read something that fascinates you? Perhaps you've always wanted to read Darwin's Origin of Species, or you're curious about Victorian horror stories like Dracula and Frankenstein. All this resolution requires is a little time, and the knowledge you amass can make for an interesting conversation starter (which could help to fulfill other resolutions!). Once you've learned all there is to know, come write about it on Hubpages!
7. Do something crazy!
When I say do something crazy, I'm not talking about anything criminal! But how about seeing a bit more of the world? Take an adventure, even if its just a hike in your local woods. The therapeutic effects of opening your senses to the sights, sounds and scents of nature are well documented. If you're a bit on the wild side, how about giving sky-diving, hang gliding, or bungee jumping a go? Make 2018 a year to remember!
6. Help save the planet
Recycling and re-using things that would otherwise end up in landfill can be a feel-good experience. More than just improving mood, recycling will improve the environment we live in. We only get one shot at making this planet our home, and if we screw it up, we're finished! As well as recycling, we can avoid cooking excess food, or store our leftovers for later. Instead of having the heating on all winter, why not wear an extra thick pair of socks, a thermal vest, or a jumper?
5. Eat healthier food
We are bombarded with advice about healthy eating, but too often we are told what we can't eat, not what we can! It's difficult to reduce the pleasure we get from food when it isn't replaced with anything. However, there are plenty of tasty, low-fat alternatives. If you want something sweet, avoid chocolate and have some strawberries or blueberries instead. One way to get started is to look at the fat content of everything you eat, and avoid anything with more than 5g of fat per 100g of food.
4. Spend more time with family and friends
The Christmas period can make one yearn to escape the family environment, but this can be a poignant reminder that the atmosphere would be far more hospitable if we kept in touch a little more. Many people have lost their family, so we should be grateful for the company of our own relatives. Time with family can cause us to miss our friends, which helps us to appreciate the amity they bring.
3. Do more exercise
The benefits of exercise cannot be stressed enough. Regular exercise can help you look younger, sleep better, and feel happier. It can also help you avoid a plethora of illnesses and disabilities. The human race evolved to run away from predators and run after prey; it is our natural state to be active. Go for a run in the morning or evening, or sign up with your local gym. For something less strenuous, try yoga or Pilate's.
2. Smile more and be kinder to people
The benefits of smiling are drastically understated. When I forget to smile, I get an equally stony response from others. When people smile at me, I find myself smiling back. We are reciprocal creatures; we pick up on signals from other people and respond in kind. The benefits of smiling are scientifically proven and include reduced stress levels and increased feelings of well-being. Smiling also demonstrates a basic level of kindness and respect for others because it helps to establish trust and friendship. To go beyond a mere smile, one can try volunteering for a charity, or counselling a friend or colleague through hard times.
1. Live within your means
The most important New Years resolution for 2018 is to live within your means. Economic conditions are still difficult, and there are many people worse off than you. However, there are also many things you can do to save money and avoid debt.
Look for bargain brands when it comes to buying food, bathroom, and cleaning products. One of the biggest rip offs is the toothbrush and toothpaste business. Buy the cheapest of both and you won't notice the difference. Next look at your utilities bill. Are you paying the cheapest rates for gas, electric, water, phone and internet? Switching companies, or combining two utilities with the same company can save money. To save even more, turn off the heating and wear an extra layer of clothing. Look at your travel costs; would catching a bus or train be cheaper than using the car? Research railcards and bus passes to find the best bargains.
Most important of all is to look at what you need and what is merely a luxury. Do you really need cable or satellite television? Do you need a monthly phone contract when a prepaid phone might be cheaper? Do you need the latest gadgets and accessories? Do you need to go abroad to have a holiday? Add up how much you'd save in the course of a year, and start saving!
Thanks for reading this list of New Years resolutions for 2018. I hope you found it helpful and interesting. Please leave a comment if you think this list missed anything out!
© 2012 Thomas Swan
Susan Trump from San Diego, California on January 02, 2015:
The good news is that the season and the new year still cause us to respond positively. Whatever you make of those resolutions, you can re-up in 12 months and perfect them.
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on December 30, 2012:
Cheers CCahill. Yea I suppose it's like Mother's Day or Earth Day: an excuse to do something on a particular theme.
CCahill from England on December 30, 2012:
Pretty much covered it!
Hey if it takes a certain day of the year to make us try to do perminant good in some shape or form, then so be it
Thomas Swan (author) from New Zealand on December 27, 2012:
Thanks for the comment Sarah. We certainly do need to escape the debt culture that got us into this recession. Although nothing has changed. We are still bombarding people with the idea that they must have the latest gadget, the widescreen television, and a collection of credit cards. History will repeat.
Sarah from USA on December 27, 2012:
I like the #1 resolution. I think everyone should try to practice that in some form or another. Great hub :)