2016New Year’s resolutions are overrated. More often than not, they set us up to fail. I think a better alternative is to focus on smaller actions and thought patterns that can incrementally change the way you view life, yourself, and the world around you.

Here are some ideas. Most cost nothing and don’t even take a lot of time, but they have the power to vastly improve your outlook. Many of these are on my list for 2016. Will you join me?

Be kind, always.

Spend time on your passion; if you don’t know what it is, work on finding it.

Tell the important people in your life how much you love them.

Take more walks.

Spend time with friends; reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in a long time.

Worry less.

Believe in yourself and your worth.

Embrace creative pursuits.

Slow down.

Assume innocence in others.

Ditch guilt.

Work hard.

Don’t sweat the small stuff; it’s all small stuff.

Take care of your mind, body, and soul.

Breathe deeply.

Count your blessings.

Say no.

Say yes.

If you’ve been thinking about making a major change in your life, plan for it, and remember sometimes you have to take a leap of faith.

Cry when you need to.

Sleep when you need to.

Give freely.

Allow yourself to receive.


Laugh often.

Remember, it’s the little things that are often the greatest blessings.

Practice random acts of kindness.

Be good to yourself.

Every single day, remember that tomorrow is not promised.


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