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People often think of the New Year as an opportunity to start fresh or reset goals, particularly by ending or limiting a bad habit. However, psychological research actually suggests that resolving not to do something may make you more likely to actually give in to that bad habit. So, in 2018, consider reframing your resolutions to focus on filling your life with the positive, instead of concentrating on the negative.
Here are a handful of ideas for reframed resolutions that focus on accentuating the positive and filling your 2018 with more health, wealth and fun and less self-denial and frustration.
Have You Heard of “Hygge”?
Hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”) is the Danish word for cozy. Which may not mean much to you, until you consider that Denmark is frequently ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world. So maybe we have a thing or two to learn from the Danes about resolving to do things like slowing down, lighting candles, curling up by the fireplace with a good book and treating stressful moments with warm cups of hot chocolate or Cheryl’s treats.
Instead of Giving Up Treats, Eat Better
In the long run, it’s better to develop good habits than struggle to shed bad ones. A fantastic good habit to develop is healthier eating. AARP has tons of great information, including tips on diet, nutrition and recipes to help you eat healthier. Now it’s easier than ever to kickstart healthy eating at home with great savings on groceries.
Resolve to Combine Resolutions for Richer Experiences
Is this the year you resolve to finally run that marathon? Or travel more? Why not do both? Look for ways to combine resolutions to have richer experiences. Like traveling to a new city for a running event or even a charity walk. It’s a great way to check off both of your resolutions to get healthier and to travel more, and to make the most of 2018. For great deals and discounts on travel, check out AARP Member Advantages’ site.
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