5 New Year’s Resolutions that are easy to keep
By Elizabeth Ziemba, President and Divya Daswani, Research Assistant
New Year’s resolutions are a bit like diets, easy to make but hard to maintain.
Every January many people around the world commit themselves to goals such as losing weight, quitting smoking, finding new jobs, and the list goes on. How many of us actually stick to our resolutions?
According to a 2017 study, about 42% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% of them follow through with them. It is a good guess that people in other countries do the same thing with the same disappointing results. Why not add resolutions that are simple to follow and that can lead to success for the New Year?
Here are 5 New Year resolutions that are easy to keep!
1. Take a nap!
Get rid of those dark circles and get some sleep.
Seven to eight hours per night is ideal for adults but most of us do not get the minimum amount. A 20 minute power nap can work miracles. Sleep helps rejuvenate and restore our bodies by repairing and growing tissue and muscles. It also improves memory.
A lack of sleep is associated with long-term health consequences, including chronic medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. These conditions may lead to a shortened life expectancy. 
So don’t hesitate to take that afternoon nap when needed!
Be open to new experiences, even if you enjoy a staycation or someplace local. A vacation or new adventure could be all you need to relieve some stress.
Get away from your daily routine and enjoy a new scenery!
3. Stay Active
Adding the gym to your daily routine is impractical for modern lifestyles. You can make some minor lifestyle changes like taking a walk, riding a bike, or dancing in your living room releases those endorphins to leave you feeling good and energized.
4. Connect with Family & Friends
Being busy with our lives means we often put work first, family and friends second.
Keeping in touch with family and friends is actually good for your health; they provide you with emotional support and you are less likely to be depressed. Pick up the phone for a good chat, plan a date night or lunch with friends.
Put aside the technology and get personal! Make 2018 the year of building better connections with loved ones and sharing great memories. And yes, do post those photos on social media to reach out to other people in your life.
Giving back to people, your community, or a cause that is dear to your heart not only helps us all but will make you feel good and happy about yourself.
There are many ways we can help each other have a wonderful 2018, whether it’s engaging in activities at a local nursing home or grooming dogs at an animal shelter; you will be surprised how addictive giving back can get.