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Today’s Resolution: Be a Tourist in Your Own City

In 50 years, your town/city will probably look nothing like it does now. And how much do you really know about where you live? Do you know how your city was founded, any weird laws that haven’t been revoked yet, or which hotel in town is haunted? Have you visited all of the parks and statues, and read all of the plaques? In most cases, the answer to this bag of questions is probably a consolidated “no”. That’s cool.

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Today’s Resolution: Let Go of a Grudge, Even If You Do It Privately

There’s somebody in your life that needs to be forgiven. Not for their sake, but for yours. Maybe they’re a coward, a cheat, a liar, or maybe they pulled down your pants in gym class twenty years ago. It doesn’t matter if they’ve affected your life recently or if their wrongdoing has hurt you for your entire life. Today’s resolution is to let go.

Let’s be realistic, whatever it is that you’re holding onto isn’t hurting them. They’re not the ones thinking about it. It’s probably not even upsetting them and it’s definitely not ruining their life (except in certain circumstances, of course).

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Today’s Resolution: Learn To Love a New Ingredient

The days that I discovered garlic, strawberries, goat cheese and pickles were probably the most blissful days of my food-consuming life and it’s a bummer that I can’t recall them. In an effort to recapture those taste-budding moments, we have a resolution that asks us all to learn to love a new ingredient.

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Today’s Resolution: Give Yourself Alone Time

Even though having a kick-butt significant other, child, best friend or roommate is super-duper great—sometimes alone time is good for the soul. There are things you don’t (usually) do with other people that are great stress-busting, independence building activities that we often forget about in our daily lives. A bath, for example, might be a distant memory. Or perhaps, driving alone and singing at the top of your lungs on a backroad where nobody can see or hear you. Maybe you’ve been wanting to cut your nails or dye your hair or wash your car. Alone time is a fundamental element of individuality, so today your resolution is to take that time.

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Today’s Resolution: Write a (Disposable) Love Letter

Saint Valentine’s Day is technically a Christian holiday meant to honor Saint Valentine, but was deleted from the Catholic books back in 1969 (appropriate?) by the Pope and has since been celebrated by anyone and everyone ever since.

Generally, the “holiday” is meant to show that special someone that you love them. Or rather, since you may do that every day, it’s an excuse to show them a little extra appreciation. Or even more accurately, it’s an excuse to eat heart-shaped red-velvet cupcakes and eat a fancy dinner. And who can hate that?

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Today’s Resolution: Forget The Noise and Meditate

Oh Monday, the most loathed day of the week for anyone who works the Monday through Friday shift. The benefits are the weekends, but the sacrifice is waking up to a dreaded Monday morning for the rest of your life (…perhaps). So, today you’re probably going to want to hang tight and brace yourself, right? That’s why it’s good to meditate every once in a while (or every day). If you’re a pro, then I don’t need to tell you how to get started. If you’re not and this is your first time, here are some pointers:

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Today’s Resolution: Hug Somebody

On Sundays we try to give you resolutions that are fulfilling but also comforting, like Sundays are meant to be spent – fulfilled and comforted. That’s why today’s resolution is to hug somebody. And there are no real rules to “the emotional heimlich”, it’s up to you. If you need a few reminders as to why hugging is way more rad than personal space, here are a few facts I dug up that may or may not have any scientific evidence behind them:

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Today’s Resolution: Go Left When You Should Go Right

Today’s objective is to get lost, and not in the “get outta here” kind of way. Instead of finding your way today, take a wrong turn instead. Instead of going wherever the GPS tells you to go, or wherever your hiking trail guides you, use your intuition. Keep your GPS for backup of course, but take some time out today and see how your sense of direction is first. Perhaps you’ll discover a new place, a new route, or maybe you’ll just get lost. Don’t forget to enjoy the ride/walk/slide along the way, because sometimes it’s OK not to ask for directions.

Status: Complete!

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Today’s Resolution: Re-Connect With an Old Friend

You certainly haven’t dwindled away the list of every last person you ever hoped to add to your Facebook friend list, have you? Perhaps you even want to go about it the old fashioned way, and that’s cool too. Today your resolution is simply to re-connect with a long lost friend, and perhaps even appreciate the tools that we now have at our fingertips to do this in ways our great grandparents never would have imagined.

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Today’s Resolution: Give to a Food Bank

Everyone has a local food bank, homeless shelter, or another charity that is always looking for food. Just think of all the food you throw away when you start a diet, or while cleaning out cupboards. A box of macaroni and cheese here, a can of pea soup there, it all adds up. If you have an abundance of sale items you overstocked on back when you were extreme-couponing, now’s the time to “pay it forward”.

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