Today’s Resolution: Don’t Watch the News

Watching the news is no different than reality television, it’s the ultimate reality television. Except, when you’re done watching the news you usually feel angry, sad, nervous or otherwise unpleasant. Because honestly, the world is not a positive place and hearing about local shootings, homes being robbed for Christmas and whatever hocus pocus your local politician is up to will do you no good in the mental health department.

You’ll worry, you’ll get angry, you’ll rant on Facebook, and while nothing will have changed in your own personal world (your mom still loves you, you still have a job, your favorite show is still on tonight, you’re still hanging out with your best friend tomorrow), you’re suddenly in a crap mood for no reason.

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Today’s Resolution: Remember Everyone’s Birthdays

Facebook makes it way too easy to remember the birthdays of those you love (and some that you don’t). The trouble with technology is that sometimes you get behind on using your own brain. So today, write down everyone’s birthday (yes, you can get them on Facebook if you want) and make a mental note.

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Today’s Resolution: Take a Silly Photo of Yourself

You can’t be serious all the time, you know? You gotta hunker down, grow a little humility and tell yourself, “it’s OK to relax and be silly once in a while”. This might seem like a silly resolution in itself, but judging by overload of boob and ab shots on Facebook, it’s definitely about time we all got a little sillier and stopped worrying about our double chins, crooked teeth, or whatever our personal insecurity is. Be silly, take a photo, and post it for the world to see.

Status: #11 COMPLETE: Spent All Day Taking Stupid Photos

Today’s Resolution: Wrap Up Early and Unwind

I’m not going to go out there and say “go home and get wasted tonight” because I’m a proper lady and I’m sensitive to the issues of alcoholics. However, there are lots of ways to unwind and today you have permission to say, “it’s 5 o’clock (or whatever o’clock you work on), and I’m off the clock”. Do absolutely nothing but exactly what you want for the duration of your evening. You deserve it.

Today’s Resolution: Make a New Friend

The world of social networks somehow brings us all together yet so painfully far apart at the same time. “Like, I totally responded to all of your posts for the past year, so why do we need to get coffee and catch up? Guh! You’re so needy!”

So while you’re passive-aggressively putting those meetups off, let’s try to start fresh. Today your goal is to make a new friend. Maybe they won’t be a lifelong friend, and maybe they’ll just be a new friend you made in line at the grocery store. Regardless, let’s make a friend. Ask them what they do, who they are, how they get their teeth so white… you know, all the usual new-friend stuff.

 

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