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Four New Years Resolutions That Are Still Worth Making

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When it comes to New Years, we all approach with a certain mix of hope and skepticism. We’ve seen the years go by and seen resolution after resolution go forgotten. However, it’s all worth it for the times when making positive life goals really does make a difference.

Here are four kinds of resolutions that are always worth making — no matter how easy it can be to get cynical:

1. Dietary

It’s one of the most common New Years resolutions, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Making a dietary plan for the coming year doesn’t mean you can’t have room for cheat days or for splurging once and a while — but it’s important to have a plan and stick to it. Whether it was prescribed by a doctor or is self-imposed, sometimes changing your diet is just what you need to make the new year the best one yet.

2. Exercise

Along with getting your diet under control, staying active is another incredibly popular New Years resolutions. The important thing to remember is to not just say “I’ll be more active” — we need to actually create the steps, daily rhythms, and possibilities for that to happen.

3. Pick Up New Hobbies

It might feel odd to say, but sometimes picking up new hobbies and spending more time with the ones we already have takes work. Whether it’s crafting, playing a recreational sport, or reading, the more time we spend doing the things we love that give us joy — and less time in front of the television — the more those hobbies will mean to us.

4. Spending More Time With Loved Ones

With the holiday season almost at coming to a close, it’s easy to go back to normal life and forget about all the people you cherish that don’t normally see. So this year, make a resolution to keep your close family and friends nearer. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and even make a concerted effort to talk to them on the phone and see them in person more often. You won’t regret it.

What New Years resolutions are you making this year? Are there some goals that you find yourself making every January?