Although healthy, many common New Year’s #resolutions such as losing weight or quitting smoking are exercises in self-denial. Instead of punishing yourself with a physical task, How Stuff Works says, make a resolution that’s more about attitude and mental discipline. For example, make up your mind to trust your instincts or stop procrastinating. Forgive someone or make an effort to meet your neighbors. Resolve to take more risks or learn a new skill. Or simply use your existing talents to help others in need; helping just one person is “a good, entry-level way to become a humanitarian,” the site says.