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7 Rewarding Resolutions to Make This Year

Set Positive Resolutions for Positive Results

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Where to begin: Sign up for individual or group lessons if they’re offered in your community. Or, if it’s a team sport you want to learn, grab a few buds and sign up for an intramural league! Many cities offer both competitive and fun leagues for all levels.

6. Volunteer for a Cause
Instead of focusing solely on you this year, do more for those who are less fortunate. By committing to volunteer weekly, monthly or yearly, you can give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of others. You can even grab a friend and volunteer for a cause that you believe that you both believe in. I guarantee that even though you won’t be doing something directly for yourself, you’ll definitely reap the positive benefits of helping others.

Where to begin: Find a cause that you’re passionate about. Whether it’s raising money to find a cure for cancer, helping the homeless or tutoring young people, find a charity that you believe in and call them to see what you can do to help!

7. Dream Often
When we’re young, we had a different dream for each day of the week. When we get older, many of us stop dreaming. Use the new year as a chance to sit down and think about your dreams. Is it running a marathon? Changing careers? Going back to school? Dream away—nothing is off limits.

Where to begin: Grab a bunch of old magazines and cut out images that speak to you or represent goals you want to achieve. Create a poster with these images as your New Year’s Dream Board. Hang your dream board somewhere you’ll see it every day, and resolve to focus on it at least for a few minutes each day. You might even be amazed at how quickly you reach your goals, just by seeing this reminder every day!

Happy New Year! For more tips on setting resolutions, check out SparkPeople’s New Year's Resolution Survival Guide.
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Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites, and A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • thank you for writing this article. I really needed this. - 1/5/2016 6:57:57 AM
  • This sounds a lot more fun than "I shalt not...."

    I'm going to volunteer at a food pantry this afternoon (my second time - just started last week), and will be donating blood afterwards (only have one afternoon off work and the last couple weeks were busy.)

    I have no definite plans for the weekend - might do some organizing around my desk, or try again to learn to cross-country ski. :) We've got plenty of snow on the ground. - 12/27/2012 10:44:09 AM
  • Thank you for this positive article- it's much appreciated! - 12/26/2012 12:09:05 PM
  • Love this article! Get Organized and Dream again.... ;-)
    Thank you! - 12/26/2012 7:49:00 AM
  • I like it. The first one to be used by me is organization followed by making vision boards and art work, exercise (big time), creative cooking and music. - 12/26/2012 4:12:01 AM
  • Some really good ideas, and everything was so positive. Thanks. - 1/28/2012 7:46:08 AM
  • Such an inspiring article! I'd like to add another resolution -- update your resume! Even if you have a job, it's always good to look back at your resume and add things that you've done in the last few years. I have to get mine in order because I'm applying for a job (that's my first new year's resolution), but I'm surprised at how old my resume is! It's nice to sit down and think about all the things you've accomplished in the past and to make note of it. Besides, if you're going to change jobs or looking for a job, it's wise to prepare! - 12/30/2011 10:29:47 PM
  • Really enjoyed the positive focus of this it had some great ideas to start the NY off right! - 12/30/2011 9:16:05 PM
  • Great and timely advice! Thanks! - 12/30/2011 8:42:37 PM
  • Loved this. Mmmm..... Dream again. It seems that the more we "know", the more it limits our dreams. Thank you. - 12/30/2011 8:24:46 PM
    Great article! I especially like that each idea has suggestions for how to get started. Great comments too! - 12/30/2011 12:09:27 PM
  • Great article! Thanks for specific how-tos. - 12/30/2011 12:08:21 PM
  • Love this article! I've actually started doing a couple of those suggestions this year, and look forward to next year. - 12/30/2011 10:32:31 AM
  • Some great ideas. I've already started organizing the house and dumping quite a few of the NG foods. Joined a group class that starts next week. I'm cleaning the office New Years Day so I can start the year fresh with a new attitude and some pumped up goals. - 12/30/2011 9:50:41 AM
  • BUSY_BEE68
    For years I've had the same resolution with no outcome, "Lose weight, be healthier." I finally gave up on resolution making on New Years. This year, I'm inspired and this article really got it kickin' this morning. I can't wait to explore the possibilities and put them into action! - 12/30/2011 8:53:45 AM

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