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Today’s Resolution: Tell Someone Unexpected That You Love Them

All you need is love, yes?

Forget “personal space” and all that “my parents didn’t hug me enough” boo-hoo’ing today. You love people, people love you. Lighten up! Hugs, smiles and fulfilling relationships have been scientifically proven to make you a happier person.

So for today, tell someone that you love them. They could be a friend, a parent who you haven’t talked to in a while, or a co-worker who always has your back.

You don’t have to sit down, take their hand, and look deeply into their eyes or anything; We’re not asking you to spark a bromance here. I mean, when’s the last time you told someone… “I love you, man” or… “girl, I freaking love you” while sober or otherwise semi-serious?

Today’s Resolution: Don’t Bad Mouth Anyone Today

Whether you hate Lady Gaga or that chatty barista at your local Starbucks who’s “slow as hell”—keep it to yourself today. Negativity attracts negativity and gossip only leads to more gossip. Have you ever noticed that when you get together with a group of people and one person starts bad-mouthing someone, suddenly it’s like a room full of bumble bees looking for honey?

Today, and just for today… shut up.

When you find yourself about to pop out something remarkably obnoxious and hateful, find a way to say something creatively positive instead. You might just find that a happy mouth is a happy mind.

Update: Resolution Complete – or so it would seem.

Today’s Resolution: Answer The Phone Every Time it Rings

Today could be tough for some, and easy for others. If you’re in good standing with all of your credit cards and you don’t have any annoying inlaws to ignore, today will be a good day for you. If there are people better ignored via the telephone, today may take a dose of bravery (or Xanax). Brace yourself, you might just resolve something unexpected today.

Today’s Resolution: Start Running On Time

Gather your clocks and set them to the right time. Whether you missed daylight savings time, or you really think setting your car dashboard 15 minutes ahead is going to get you there on time, let’s get everything straight.

Your brain was made to remember more important things than which clocks are set correctly. I mean, haven’t you ever seen the movie Chaos Theory where the wife is all “I’ll play a joke on you and set your clock ahead to disrupt your control-freak nature” and he’s all “OMG bad joke woman—you literally just ended up destroying my life”. Seriously, you don’t want to get tangled up in clock trickery.

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Daily Resolution: Resolve to Resolve…But Do It Later

There is always a great deal of pressure in early January to make very specific resolutions. This only makes the chance at success even more challenging. Local gyms experience a surge in memberships, nicotine patches sell like hotcakes, and Lean Cuisines become a menu staple. Imagine that at the same time of year, the entire world’s population is focused on making lifestyle changes that are very apt to make one prone to crankiness and impatience. Hmmmm, so it might not be such a bad idea to wait a little while on the list of resolutions…unless procrastinating is your problem!

Daily Resolution: Come on Baby, Light a Fire

Tap into your inner pyro and light a fire. Maybe there’s a beach nearby, or a backyard BBQ pit? A traditional fireplace, perhaps? Today your goal is to light a fire. If you want to take it up a notch, learn how to light a fire the old fashioned way!

 

Daily Resolution: Survey the Damage

Take a personal survey today. Are you better off (physically and emotionally) than you were 3 months ago? If you answer “no,” then you need to ask why? Figure out what has changed in that span of time and consider steps to restore your peace of mind, your health, and maybe even your pocketbook. Giving ourselves carte blanche in November and December to indulge can be rejuvenating but also detrimental. No need for any guilt; see how far you may have veered off your path and right your rudder.

Daily Resolution: Avoid a Taxing Time of Year

With the close of the year close at hand, start gathering your documents and receipts to be used for submitting your taxes. Even though you still have plenty of time, start organizing your plan of attack. Make lists of deductions, put together verification of transactions to be noted, contact your tax preparer (or find one) and discuss the past year’s income and expenditures. Starting January 1st with an understanding of your tax situation can help you toward better strategies for the upcoming year. And this will only help you get that refund more quickly or give you the time to pay the government what is owed.

Daily Resolution: Rejoice! Re-Gift!

Inevitably there are things you will receive for the holiday season that you do not need or do not care for. Before it sits in a drawer or a closet, immediately re-gift it to someone who may appreciate it. Try a gift trade with a friend or family member who also has items to unload. Donate items to a charitable organization. Simple items can go a long way for someone in need or add a special touch to someone’s life. Rejoice in the power of re-gifting. How many Starbuck’s gift cards do you really need?

Daily Resolution: Boxing Day

Examine the leftover boxes you have handing around, and before you throw them away, consider recycling or re-using them. Sort them by intended purpose: sturdy corrugated ones make great mailers, shirt boxes for last minute needs, or bags for baked goods the next season. If a recent holiday or birthday has passed, sometimes even wrapping paper can be salvaged for smaller gifts to be wrapped next year. Be sure to remove any labels or gift tags before re-using!

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