5 New Year Resolutions that actually make sense - Srishti Asthana
| 29 Nov 2017
| NOP Bureau National

5 New Year Resolutions that actually make sense - By Srishti Asthana. The young author is Clinical Hypnotherapist M.A. major in Clinical Psychology, email sasthana1997@gmail.com

How many times have we decided that,” this year I will hit the gym daily” or “I will give more time to my family” or “I will quit smoking” etc. During the first few days we are packed with motivation but as time passes we literally forget about the resolutions that seemed to be so realistic in the beginning. The problem with these resolutions is that they are too mainstream or even boring. If you actually end up keeping up with these resolutions it would be so perfect but we don’t live in an ideal world, do we?

Here are some New Year Resolution ideas that can actually work out and bring a lasting change in your life-

1. Practising Altruism – Altruism is the practise of selflessness that is the art of giving and not expecting anything in return. Too many expectations are actually a primary cause of so many problems. When you do an act of service for someone and you expect the same in return to feel good, you actually end up creating an empty space within yourself that you seek others to fill. Engaging in altruistic acts will help you feel a deep routed satisfaction within yourself. Researches have proven that individuals who regularly practise altruism are most likely to experience lasting sense of happiness and good health as compared to the general population.

2. I will be mindful–A concept that has been derived from the Buddhist tradition, mindfulness means to be fully aware of ourselves. The modern lifestyle is so hectic we hardly think twice about our robotic routines, ask yourself,” is this really how I want my life to be?”. To be fully alive to each moment sounds like such a romantic yet impossible notion to us. Applying mindfulness allows us to experience life as it happens. One must not be so busy that at the end of each day he thinks “where did all my time go?” All human beings get only 24 hours per day, some use it wisely some become slaves. Take the time out to completely immerse in the moment as you take a few deep breaths, it can be as simple as that if you give it a try.

3. Humour – Laughter is the best medicine, even science agrees. There is a theory called the facial feedback hypothesis which says that even if we aren’t feeling it, smiling will trick your mind into believing that we are actually happy which will in turn result in a shift in your mood.Humor is the best defence mechanism, when situations get tough we must learn to crack a joke or even laugh at the negative thoughts in our head. Learning to see the funnier side of situations will help you in lightening up your mood and even keep your body more fit and relaxed.

4. Discipline – Discipline does not mean waking up at 5 am and going for a jog, it can mean different things for different people. Don’t let people tell you what will work for you and what will not. For some people discipline can mean going to bed at 11 pm for others it can mean learning a new concept of their subject daily. Whatever it is that you need to do in order to feel more efficient is your way to exercise discipline. There are some things in life that should be practiced religiously so that we keep getting closer to our goals in life. The key to success is consistency in our efforts.

5. De-cluttering–Literally or metaphorically de-cluttering is very important. Getting rid of the stagnant energy in your life will help you in inviting growth and success. Small steps such as cleaning your wardrobe or big steps such as removing negative people of your life both will go a long way in improving the quality of your life.

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