Experts agree that small, incremental New Year’s resolutions are easier to keep and may turn into healthy, lifelong habits. For example, Good Housekeeping suggests keeping the kitchen clutter-free by putting all recipe cards, small appliances and incoming groceries in their place immediately. One study found that women who were surrounded by kitchen clutter tended to eat more cookies, the magazine says; so, this resolution can contribute to other common goals such as losing weight and eating right.
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.
Instead of the typical (and often difficult) vows to lose weight, quit smoking and save money, BuzzFeed suggests “10 No-Brainer New Year’s Resolutions” that anyone can try to improve time management and social interactions in 2018. Among them are writing thank-you notes, calling family members back, drinking more water, learning to take a compliment and not looking at your phone when dining with friends. Finally, the article advises, celebrate the things that don’t need to change by taking the time to do something you love at least once a week.