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The New Year is slowly nearing, and with the holiday season already upon us many people are indulging in retrospection and reevaluating some of their life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter starts.

Well, now’s your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make, and being the charitable and caring bunch that we are here at Lifehack, we’ve decided to give you a bit of help – because since the majority of people fail to stick to their resolution, you’ll need all the help you can get.

What follows is a list of 50 common New Year’s resolutions with a piece of advice and plenty of links to useful articles that deal with the issue in greater detail. If you are looking for effective ways of changing your life for the better, then you’ll be sure to find tons of useful information here.

  • 1. Get in shape: Losing weight is the top resolution for Americans, and combined with “exercise more” and “stay fit and healthy” it is something that over a third of the population wishes to achieve. It’s easy enough to start an exercise and diet program, but the trick is to find a decent one that will give you steady results and will be easy to stick to in the long run. Have a look at these tricks, hacks, exercisesand mistakes to avoid to make the best our of your resolution.
  • 2. Start eating healthier food, and less food overall: This is usually an extension of the previous resolution. Switching to a healthier diet can be incredibly tricky when we are surrounded by cheap junk food. However, with a good amount of determination and some basic tips you can slowly develop healthier eating habits. Learn to control emotional eating, be aware of reasons for diets to fail, make use of these tricksand have a look at these awesome and healthy recipes.
  • 3. Stop procrastinating: The biggest barrier that keeps most people from reaching their goals is the desire to relax and do something fun instead of working hard. Once you get used to procrastinating it’s difficult to snap yourself out of it, so you’ll need to put in a lot of work to change this bad habit. There are many useful tipsout there to find your wayto stop procrastinating. There are also toolswhich can help you achieve this task.
  • 4. Improve your concentration and mental skills: People have been trying to find ways to improve their focus and cognitive capacities for thousands of years, and most ancient civilizations had some combination of mental exercise and herbal medicine to help them reach this goal. Today we can use anything from appsto ancient meditationtechniques to boost concentration and hone our mental skills. If you go through with this, you will be able to control your mood, learn faster and have an easier time solving problems.
  • 5. Meet new people: When we get stuck in a rut, we usually end up staying at home most of the time, missing out on a lot of interesting opportunities for networking and having fun. Meeting new people can be beneficial to your mental well-being and help your career, so don’t be afraid to get out there and make some friends. Overcome your shyness, get some knowledgeand go and get to know new and interesting people.
  • 6. Become more active: Some people don’t really have a big weight problem, and they even get some exercise a few times a week, but they just sit around the most of the time at home and at work, which can have a negative effect on their posture and health. In that case, all you need is to find waysof movingaround more throughout the day instead of staying hunched over the computer. It’s even more fun if you share your activity with friends and family.
  • 7. Become more confident and take some chances: If you are confident other people notice it, and it is much easier to have your opinions heard, ask people out on dates and get ahead at work. A good dose of self-confidence will help you lead a much happier life overall. Don’t hesitate to get some inputon ways to boost your confidence.
  • 8. Earn more money: Even billionaires are always looking for ways to earn more money, and we common folk can definitely use an additional source of income to make life a bit more comfortable. Fortunately there are plenty of optionsavailable, like having sidejobs, working as a freelanceror using the internetto your advantage.
  • 9. Become more polite: Good manners have always been an important part of a civilized society. They make it easier to connect with others, avoid offending people and will ensure that others perceive you as a good and trustworthy person. So know the etiquette, be prepared or other manners in other countries, deal with rude people in the right way and learn how to say no.
  • 10. Reduce stress: They say that stress is one of the biggest killers out there, and it can have a very destructive effect on your relationships as well as your health. It may be an unavoidable side effect of our hectic modern lifestyles, but it can be effectively managed with the help of useful, unconventionaland easy to practice tricks for stress management.
  • 11. Learn to be happier with your life: Even those that are in decent shape, make a good living and have stress under control can still be unhappy. It takes time and patience to learn how to find joy in the little things and not to let problems bring you down.
  • 12. Get more quality sleep: With big TV’s, computers, smartphones, tablets and all sorts of gadgets with glowing lights and beeping alerts, it can be hard to get enough sleep at night. You should be gunning for at least 8 hours of sleep a night, and there are fairly simple ways to achieve this number if you make use of scienceand everday hacks.
  • 13. Give up cigarettes: A bit of bad habit that a lot of people don’t know how to kick, smoking will not only endanger your health, but can burn a hole in your wallet as well. Just be prepared to dedicatea lot of will power to giving up cigarettes once and for all.
  • 14. Watch less TV: The average person wastes a lot of time in front of the TV, time that could have been better spent developing skills, learning or keeping your body active. Once you manage to cut down on TV time, you will realize just how long and productivea day can really be.
  • 15. Read more: Books are an excellent way to gain a lot of knowledge on a huge variety of topics, and are also a great exercise for your brain. It’s not that difficult to go through 20 or more booksin a year – you only need to make it a habit, discover your type of books and find a bit oftime for reading here and there.
  • 16. Find a significant other: We all need someone to hold at night, talk to and share our deepest secrets with, but finding the right person is a matter of trial and error. We need to go out and get to know a bunch of potential partners before we can find the one that we can get along with really well. Get inspired on your way towards love by these tips on the best places to meet people, asking someone out, and having an amazingand original first date.
  • 17. Have better sex: Any healthy relationship requires a good deal of intimacy, and sex can actually help keep us mentally and physically healthy. The idea is to make it a fun and rewarding experience, and this is something that comes with practiceand exercise.
  • 18. Become tidier: There are a lot of slobs out there who can’t really get their stuff organized, and a cluttered desk or chaotic home will negatively affect your productivity and even your mood, so it helps to clear the clutter, clean your house and lead a tidier and more organized life.
  • 19. Learn how to dress with style: The way you dress can say a lot about you, and wearing the right clothes can make you seem powerful and confident, which in turn can help you land a job, get promoted, and catch the eye of a lovely guy or girl. No matter if you’re maleor female, know the dresscodeand live with style.
  • 20. Spend more time with the people that matter: There is just too little time in this life for us to waste it on insincere, duplicitous and toxic people. We should focus on the people who we care aboutdeeply and who care about us, as this is the best way to stay happy.
  • 21. Start drinking in moderation or quit drinking altogether: While it is completely safe and healthy to drink one or two servings of an alcoholic beverage of your choice per day, not a lot of people can say that they can follow this rule effectively. Getting your drinkingunder control has plenty of benefits, but it can be a difficult process.
  • 22. Get out of debt: You can’t really move forward in life if you are weighed down by debt. The road to financial freedom is a rocky one, but it is definitely manageable with a bit of planning and self-restraint. Take a look at these strategiesand methodsand pay off your debt. You won’t believe how good it will feel.
  • 23. Start saving money: Once you have your debt under control, it’s time to start putting some money aside. A rainy day fund and some extra money that can go towards traveling abroad, fixing up the house or buying a new car are a welcome change of pace. Make use of these hacksand appsto save money efficiently.
  • 24. Learn a new language: Not only will learning a new language help improve your communication skills, it will also look great on your resume and possibly open up some doors for you. These days there are plenty of resourcesthat allow you to learn a language for free and in your spare time.

    • 25. Volunteer and give more to charity: To devote your time and energy to helping those in need is a noble gesture and a reward in itself, but it is also an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and boost your resume. Here’s how you can find time to volunteer in your busy life.
    • 26. Pick up useful skills or fun hobbies: Just sitting around all day won’t get you anywhere. It is much better to use your free time in a constructive manner and pick up new skills while having fun at the same time. The Future-You will be glad that you did. No matter if you’re interested in communication skills or sports, find out how to learn new skillsand hobbiesin a short time.
    • 27. Learn to let go of grudges and avoid moping: Times can be hard, and it may take a lot to overcome adversity, but sitting around and moping about it is just counterproductive. If you have a big fight with someone and fall out or get hurt over a small issue, you will only lose a friend or life partner and remain sad and bitter. Forgivenessis a much healthier way to deal with issues that should be left in the past.
    • 28. Adopt a cute pet: There are tons of animal lovers out there that would be great at caring for a pet, but they often overthink things, while some people just rush out and get a pet without understanding the responsibilityinvolved. Be sure you know what you are in for andfind a pet that fits your living conditionsand lifestyle.

    • 29. Become more organized: It doesn’t matter how much time you have on your hands if you can’t manage it properly – you’ll just spend most of the day running around aimlessly. When you get organized there will suddenly be more time to spare and things will start falling into place. Make it a habit, get help from apps and toolsand enjoy your newly found leisure-time.
    • 30. Travel more and see the world: You’ll need to have your financesin order, get the right equipment and invest some timeand effortbefore you consider traveling across the globe, but there are ways of experiencing different cultures and visiting faraway places even on a tighter budget.
    • 31. Learn to cook: Cooking is one of the essential skill that every man and woman should possess. It allows you to save money, eat the food you love just the way you like it and impress dates with lovely meals shared under candlelight. If you go through useful tips,keep your kitchen clean and avoid common mistakes, nothing stands between you anyour 3-course-meal.
    • 32. Go see your doctor more often: Staying healthy should be your top priority, but many people seem frighten of doctors and don’t go to the hospital nearly as often as they should, often waiting for their condition to significantly worsen. Regular checkups are a must, no matter how healthy you feel at the moment.
    • 33. Reinvent yourself: If you don’t feel quite happy no matter what you do, it is perhaps time to make some serious changes in your life. Reinventing yourself can give you a whole new perspective on life andtake you in directions you may never have dreamed were possible.
    • 34. Stop being late all the time: Punctuality is a virtue that is held in high regard in our society. Being on time is a mark of a true professional, a dependable friend and caring partner, so it is a good idea to pick up a few tricksthat can help you stay on time.
    • 35. Learn how to be more self-reliant: Technology, a relatively decent government and corporations offering cheap ready-to-eat food and all manner of useful tools – these things have made us somewhat spoiled, and we often get well into adulthood without having what it takes to be independentand self-reliant. These skills are important to learn.
    • 36. Turn your hobby into a career: If we could all manage to marry fun and productivity, and be able to make money doing what we love, we’d be a much more content and well-balanced society. This may not always be possible, but there are caseswhere a hobby can be turned into a lucrative career.
    • 37. Get over an ex: It may be better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved, but it still hurts like crazy. Healing a broken heart is a process that takes time, but there are ways and trickstomake it through this difficult time without too much pain.
    • 38. Learn to control your emotions: Uncontrolled anger can get you into a lot of trouble, but things like jealousy and prideare destructive in all circumstances. Gaining control over your feelings allows you to keep a level head and think more rationally, even during emotionally charged conflictsituations.
    • 39. Start being more responsible: A big part of growing up into a mature adult is the ability to think before making a decision. It is important to take responsibility for ones actions and avoid blaming everything on someone else, just as it is important to protect your family and provide for them.
    • 40. Learn more about art, music, culture etc.: The best way to fit in when talking to a variety of people from different backgrounds is to have a well-rounded education. Topics like art, music, history and culture often baffle people, but they can be easy to comprehend if you spend enough time learning about them using helpful websitesand online courses.
    • 41. Spend less time on social media: Some people might not spend hours in front of the TV, or playing video games, but social media has become a serious addictionamong a wide range of demographics. It’s fine to stay in touch with friends and family, but if you consistently spend more than an hour every day on social media, it’s time to make a change.

    • 42. Learn how to defend yourself: Being able to ensure your own safety, and the safety of those you love, is a very important skillset to have. It’s not all about groin kicks and palm strikes, however. You need to learnhow to conduct yourself and what kind of behavior to look out for in others.
    • 43. Become more romantic: Romance is often the first casualty in longer, more serious relationships, but it doesn’t have to wither away. A few romantic gestures here and therecan keep the passion going for decades. It will be fun, even if you’re not the romantic type.
    • 44. Start remembering important dates: Speaking about romance and keeping a serious relationship fun, you don’t want to keep forgettingbirthdays, anniversaries and other important dates. There are plenty of memory tricks that take very little time to master, so you’ll never forget another date again.
    • 45. Become more social: Being a man, or woman, about town has its perks. You get to have fun, meet new people and find out interesting things, but you can also develop leadership skills and learn to work in a team. Even if you are an introvert or very shy and feel uncomfortable talking to others, there are waysto become a fairly active member of a community.

    • 46. Start being more creative: There are times when we get mentally fatigued and our creativity just goes out the window. This is particularly bad if your job or hobby depends on you coming up with fresh ideas and thinking outside the box. As with anything else, there are many ressourcesthat help you spark your creativity in a number of different ways.
    • 47. Start expressing yourself artistically: While some of us are more logical, with a scientific mind, most people still have a bit of a creative spark in them. Expressing yourself in some creative artistic way is a great form of stress relief and helps keep your mind sharp. Some of these activities will also help you stay active and burn some calories. So go in the arts, write, craft, make DIYprojects – whatever makes your soul free.

    • 48. Face your fears and insecurities: You will find this particular point masked beneath other New Year’s resolutions, but fearand insecurityare often the cause of several problems that we want to address. You need to think of it as surviving and controlling your fear rather than overcoming it, and it will enable you to shed off a lot of the insecurities that you have.

    • 49. Start writing a book/journal: You’d be surprised to know just how many people out there have an interesting story to tell, but lack the confidence and skill to write everything down. Even if it is just a few random thoughts scribbled daily in a journal, you shouldn’t be afraid to give writing a gowith a few tipsand tricks.
    • 50. Stick to the good healthy habits you’ve developed: The last, and most important point to mention is that all the positive changes you make have to be permanent. You will need to work on sticking with the good habitsyou have adopted, until they just become a natural part of who you are. That is how you achieve true self-improvement.

    Well, there you have it – an extensive list of advice, tips and tricks to help you see your New Year’s resolution through and make some long-term changes in your life. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

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 楼主| 发表于 12/31/2017 00:30:00 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 郭国汀 于 12/31/2017 00:32 编辑

10 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Be Able to Stick toMake this year your best one yet by picking a goal that will prime you for successBY ALISA HRUSTIC DECEMBER 22, 2017

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You head into the New Year with lofty intentions: You’re going to hit the gym every day before work, find the woman of your dreams, and finally become the boss. But these are the kinds of resolutions that fizzle well before spring rolls around.
When you pick a resolution that’s too big and broad, it’s hard to clearly define what you want to accomplish, which can make it that much harder to reach your goal, says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet. We’ve rounded up 10 common New Year’s resolutions that are setting you up for failure—and the ones to focus on instead that you can see through to the end.

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THE COMMON RESOLUTION: “I’m going to take control of my health.”
THE SMARTER RESOLUTION: “I’m going to make an appointment with my doctor.”
Why it works: Getting your health in fighting shape requires different things for different people: One guy may need to ramp up his physical activity, while quitting smoking might be the smartest step for another guy.
But you need a pro to guide you in the right direction, and nearly 1 in 4 guys haven’t seen a physician in over a year, a report from the National Center for Health Statistics found. Visiting your doctor helps you catch conditions like prediabetes or high blood pressureearly on, which can prevent them from turning into bigger issues like diabetes or heart disease. And that’s how you really take control of your health.
An annual checkup is just one hour of time out of your entire year, says Jamin Brahmbhatt, M.D., a men’s health activist and urology surgeon at the PUR Clinic in Orlando. So call your doctor and schedule an appointment.
And no, your busy schedule is no excuse to put it off: Many doctors now offer extended hours in the evenings or on weekends. If yours doesn’t, call around to find a practice that can accommodate you, Dr. Brahmbhatt says. Don’t have a primary care doctor? Here’s how to find the doctor of your dreams.

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THE COMMON RESOLUTION: “I’m going to eat healthier.”
THE SMARTER RESOLUTION: “I’m going to have at least two pieces of fruit a day and eat a salad before every dinner.”
Why it works: Picking one or two things to focus on is much more realistic than changing your entire diet—and telling yourself whenyou’re going to incorporate these changes during your day makes it more attainable, says Gans. Plus, focusing on what you should be eating helps you avoid a restrictive “I can’t eat that” mindset, which often just leads to a junk food binge, she says.
Fruit’s a good choice, since most guys don’t eat enough of it. Plus, having something naturally sweet as a dessert will help eliminate your not-so-healthy sugar cravings over time, says Gans. Your diet’s probably lacking vegetables, too, so start every single dinner with a salad. Just hold the creamy dressing, or ask for it on the side, to avoid turning it into a calorie bomb. Vegetables and mixed greens are packed with filling fiber, says Gans, which prevents you from loading up on extra calories during your main meal—ultimately leading to better portion control.

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THE COMMON RESOLUTION: “I’m going to work out every day.”
THE SMARTER RESOLUTION: “I’m going to exercise 2 to 3 days a week.”
Why it works: Going from zero to 100 just isn’t realistic, says obesity specialist Spencer Nadolsky, D.O. If fitness isn’t a part of your daily routine, and then you make a pact to hit the gym daily, you’re going to burn yourself out and quit after a month.
The smarter approach? Start hitting the gym a few days a week that actually work with your schedule—say, squeezing in a quick run during lunch, or maybe you hit the gym while your kids are at basketball practice. It’ll make you more likely to commit and stick with your new routine, Dr. Nadolsky says. Once you know you can commit to twice a week, you can gradually bump your days up. For a full 14-day plan that starts you off with the basics, check out where to start when you want to get back in shape.
(Looking for a workout you can do in your own living room? Check out the Anarchy Abs Workout from Men's Health. It's designed to help you burn major fat while helping you lean muscle.)

THE COMMON RESOLUTION: “I’m going to lose 20 pounds.”
THE SMARTER RESOLUTION: “I’m going to focus on what I can control, like changing my diet and exercise routine, rather than the number on the scale.”
Why it works: You can’t necessarily control the result, but you can control the behaviors that bring you closer to your weight loss goal, says Dr. Nadolsky. Focus on what you need to do to make it happen. That might mean committing to the gym two or three days a week, and fitting in vegetables and lean protein at every meal, he says.
Having a plan lets you keep closer track of your progress, too. When you hit a weight loss plateau, you can go back and assess the behaviors you’re supposed to be doing. If you realize you’re slacking on them, that’ll explain why you’re struggling to lose weight—what you need to work on to get there, says Dr. Nadolsky. Start with these 7 tiny changes you can make that will help you lose 10 pounds.

THE COMMON RESOLUTION: “I’m going to build muscle.”
THE SMARTER RESOLUTION: “I’m going to eat more protein and strength train 3 times a week.”
Why it works: Hitting the gym regularly isn’t going to make you stronger if all you’re doing is sticking to your cardio routine, says Dr. Nadolsky. You need to pump iron: Exercise creates microtears in your muscles—and the harder your work out, the more tears there will be. When those tears are repaired, your muscles grow bigger and stronger.
But lifting weights alone won’t help you hit your strength goal—you need to make sure you’re eating enough when you’re trying to gain muscle, says Dr. Nadolsky. Focusing on increasing your lean proteinintake is a good start.
That’s because protein aids in repairing these tiny tears in your muscles, which helps them recover—and grow bigger—faster. Shoot for 25 to 35 grams of protein four or more times a day, suggests Men’s Health nutrition advisor Alan Aragon, M.S. Aim to eat one of these meals within one to two hours pre- and post- workout if you want to bulk up. If you need a great beginner’s guide on how to make the gains you’re looking for, here is the simplest way to build more muscle.

THE COMMON RESOLUTION: “I’m going to save money.”
THE SMARTER RESOLUTION: “I will create and maintain a budget.”
Why it works: Creating and sticking to a budget gives you the tools to help you save more, says Ted Braun, a certified financial planner at Hoover Financial Advisors in Pennsylvania.
“If you make $50K a year, roughly $42k after taxes, and if your total fixed expenses are $2,500 month, you should have $12k in the bank at the end of the year—and if you don’t, you need to evaluate your discretionary spending,” Braun says.
There is no right or wrong way to create a budget, Braun says, but you want to make it as simple as possible so you stick with it. Google around or use a budget worksheet (like this one) or just create your own Excel spreadsheet.
Start with your monthly net income, then subtract your fixed expenses, like car payments. Lastly, subtract your discretionary expenses. Try to use the same credit card all month for all your personal spending, which will make it super easy to track, suggests Braun. At the end of the two months of tracking your purchases, reevaluate your budget to see if you can make any positive changes to your spending habits, like reallocating extra personal spending into an extra $50 savings or cutting back on restaurant meals.

THE COMMON RESOLUTION: “I will be less stressed by my job this year.”
THE SMARTER RESOLUTION: “I will decrease my workload in the office.”
Why it works: Parts of your job will probably always cause you some kind ofstress, but eliminating unnecessary stressors of it can play a big role in calming you down, says Jeffrey Nevid, Ph.D., professor of psychology at St. John’s University in New York.
The best way to do this? Meet with your boss to see what can be taken off your plate and delegated to someone else, suggests Nevid. If you’re genuinely overloaded, make a case to your boss that it’s in the company’s best long-term interests to reassess your workload, suggests Alison Green, the career expert behind the blog Ask a Manager.
“In those cases, you can point out what’s not getting done for lack of time, or what’s getting done, but with less care and attention that would be ideal,” she says. Then, you can move on to possibly moving stuff off of your plate entirely. (Here are 6 more ways to beat job stress.)
Just make sure you’re truly swamped and stressed before you do this, Green advises. “If you aren’t really all that overloaded, going to your boss and asking to do less will come across as tone-deaf at best and slacker-ish at worst,” she says. “So you really need to have a good sense of how reasonable your workload is overall.”
Additional reporting by Chris Mohr, Ph.D., R.D.

 楼主| 发表于 12/31/2017 19:16:44 | 显示全部楼层
Michael McDonald1 hr · Victoria, BC ·

Every New Year's Eve, I like to take a few moments to pause and reflect on the past year. 2017 has been a challenging year for our world as the Trump Administration has pushed us to a dangerous precipice. I remain deeply disturbed by the actions of President Trump, and appalled by his domestic and international policy-making. However, I am inspired by the millions throughout the U.S. and around the world who took part in the Women's March last January to voice their opposition to the president and stand up for human rights. I am also encouraged by the activists who have pushed back against both Transphobia and Islamophobia as well as the many in the LGBTQ2+ community who have continued the fight for complete equality around the world.
We have seen positive changes in BC and in Canada with governments working to address historical wrongs and take accountability for past actions. However, we still have a lot of work to do, especially for Indigenous communities as we collectively embark on the road to reconciliation. In 2018, it is also essential to pressure the Trump Administration to take real action on Climate Change before it is too late. We must continue to build grassroots progressive movements in Canada, the U.S., and around the world to move us forward, and prevent hatred and bigotry from further creeping into our society.
Personally, 2017 has been a year of immense growth. It is a year that started with living in Vancouver, before moving back to Victoria, the place I have come to see as home. I am lucky to have my amazing boyfriend, Jackson Barnard, by my side; he has taught me so much about love and what life has to offer. I am also tremendously grateful for my friends, family, and colleagues who have been so supportive of my goals and have encouraged me to dream big. While I am ending the year on a bit of a down note with a broken kneecap, I am happy with the many positives this year has brought me.
I'm excited for 2018 and all that it has to offer. I wish you a Happy New Year and hope you're spending the day with those you love most!

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