Today’s Resolution: Make a Mail Call

There are people in our lives who take care of us every day and we often don’t give them a second thought. Don’t take these folks for granted. Leave your postal carrier a little surprise in your mailbox. Say ‘thanks” with a card or note directly addressed to him/her. Add some cookies or some chocolate. The gesture will be appreciated and you won’t even need a stamp!

Today’s Resolution: Enjoy the Spices of Life

Today's Resolution: Enjoy the spice-of-life

Unless there is someone in your household (perhaps you) who is an inventive cook, chances are there are probably spices in your kitchen arsenal that are rarely used or have been forgotten. Take a good look in your spice rack and choose an item or two to incorporate into your next home cooked meal. Experiment a little and see what you can turn out. Families make great guinea pigs.

Today’s Resolution: Indulge in a Good Prune!

Plants of all types (indoor or outdoor) can stand with a make-over from time to time. Check houseplants that may have outgrown containers and consider repotting; pull off dead and dying leaves/flowers. Trim old branches and leaves from shrubs and trees in the yard. Cut back perennials for the winter season depending on where you live. A good prune never hurt anyone.

Today’s Resolution: Find a “Mom & Pop”

Today's Resolution: Find mom and pop

Do you know what Zots are? Button candy? Ever don a pair of wax lips? There are some great retro candy products to be found that are unique if you look for them in the right places. Sometimes you can get lucky in a local “mom & pop” corner store. There are even online sites now that specialize in these items. Get some of those childhood favorites and share with a friend. They are a great conversation starter or a fun gift.

Today’s Resolution: Make it “a Very GOOD Day”

Make a conscious effort to be positive ALL day today. If you happen to be a “Twilight Zone” fan (the originals), you may recall an episode (“It’s a Good Life”) where there is a very uncomfortable tension among some people in a town because if they think or comment with any negative thoughts in the presence of a young boy, the child has the power to make the pessimists disappear or transform them into something horrible. Try to catch yourself in negativity, and turn it around. Now negative thoughts won’t banish you, but make it “a very good day” just in case!

Today’s Resolution: Make Your Move

Put a little yoga into practice by learning some basic moves (or at least be able to talk about it). Take a beginner’s class or have a friend or family member teach you some simple poses. There are many people who use yoga as part of their exercise routine, as an outlet, or as a social activity. Be able to answer the question, “What’s Updog?” the next time you are asked!

Today’s Resolution: Play Mind Games

Many studies have shown that an active mind may stave off the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Logic and problem-solving skills can be practiced daily with mind challenges such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, riddles, and many other fun and games. Look in your local newspaper or go online and resolve to solve!

Today’s Resolution: See What’s in Your Wallet

Today's Resolution: See Whats in Your Wallet

Evaluate your credit cards periodically. Check interest rates with other companies and be sure your company is giving you the most competitive rate. Compare perks you receive, and see if you are being charged any extra fees such as an annual maintenance fee. Sometimes you can negotiate with companies for a better deal either on interest rates or perks; you might be able to get a company to waive an annual fee. Loyalty to a company is fine, but sometimes making a change can net you a better offer in the long term.

Today’s Resolution: Engage in Child’s Play

Some of the most relaxing things we can do as adults is to take a break and engage in an activity that will distract us or temporarily take our mind off of our problems. Children might be on to something when it comes to relaxation. Play a video game, blow some bubbles, grab a coloring book, doodle, etc. A local playground or your own backyard might provide an opportunity to swing or seesaw. Feel the wind in your hair; leave inhibitions behind. Playmate not included.

Today’s Resolution: Pass the Word

Passwords are a necessary evil to unlock access to countless accounts we use daily. We are reminded to use passwords that are not too personal (birthdates or children’s names) and cautioned not to re-use the same password for multiple accounts. Some accounts require passwords be changed every 30 -60 days. This can be an annoyance. Resetting passwords is likely to add even more confusion over trying to keep it all straight. Writing passwords down has its own set of problems too, as you don’t want the compilation to wind up in the wrong hands.

Keep some core words or phrases consistent but not exactly the same. Have a theme. Use key numbers and symbols if you need to include these. When you write them down, use cryptic abbreviations that only you can decipher for the type of account the password is for. And don’t use “Password” or “User 123” for accounts.

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