3. Learn How to Play an Instrument
Learn how to make beautiful music this year! Whether you played the piano in high school and are ready to reacquaint yourself with its keys or bought a guitar years ago but never learned how to play, playing an instrument is an incredibly rewarding hobby that can be both creative and stimulating for the brain. (Not to mention that you earn serious cool points with your friends when you bust out your musical skills at the next party.)
Where to begin: Go to a local music store that offers lessons or surf the Internet to get started. There are tons of free resources on how to play any instrument (here’s just one example). If you’re musically challenged but still want to feel like a musician, try to master a musical video game like Rock Band or Guitar Hero.
4. Learn to Say No
Saying no may seem hard to do, but with practice these two little letters become easier and easier to say. And vowing to say them more often—when you’re faced with something that you really don’t want to do or don’t have time for—can be completely liberating. With practice saying n-o, you can have more time for you!
Where to begin: Pick one activity you feel obligated to do but don’t like doing, such as going to a the birthday party of a co-worker's child or your four-times-removed cousin’s annual holiday party, and tell them “No, I cannot make it.” You may feel guilty at first, but stay firm but polite. With practice, saying no becomes easier and easier. (And no this doesn’t apply to some things that we all dislike but have to do like going to the dentist or paying our taxes.)
5. Take Up a New Sport
There’s nothing more rewarding than learning a new skill, especially one that is good for your body. Resolve to learn how to play a new sport. Be it softball, tennis, golf, soccer, or basketball, there are so many options from which to choose! Taking up a new sport is a good way to re-motivate yourself, especially if you’re in a workout rut. And if traditional team sports aren’t your forte, try fun throwback sports such as kickball and dodgeball. No matter what you choose, you’re likely to make new friends, get fit, learn new skills, and, if you have kids, have a new activity to do with them!