Goodness, is it really that time of year again? We’re never keen on writing traditional new year’s resolutions, full of boring restrictions and bossy old rules. Boo to all that! Instead, we love to embrace this time of year, as one draws to a close and another begins, for its opportunities to reflect and plan fun things and happy times for the year ahead. New Year’s resolutions are traditionally to do with self-improvement, but in our opinion, this comes from being kind to oneself, not tough. We grow and become better people through our nurturing acts, towards ourselves and towards others. If you’re stuck for ideas or simply have some time on your hands for a bit of reflection, why not take a look at our list of alternative new year’s promises? We think you’re going to approve…
There’s so much conflict in the world, and right now feels like a particularly dark time for world politics. So let’s try to lighten our moments and those of others with a little more happiness. A smile costs nothing but could mean everything to someone. We’ve written before about performing random acts of kindness, and this all starts with a simple smile. Because, why not? Start tomorrow (or right now) with a clear purpose, to spread a little joy by offering up a smile. It’s infectious, you know…
We’re big on fiction reads here at Sloanie HQ, constantly swapping tips for our next Kindle upload. But how about taking on a little non-fiction for 2016? While novels transport us to another world and provide thought-provoking escapism and fun, biographies and autobiographies are a fascinating way to learn about important figures of our time and in our history. Try finding out more about Barack Obama, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, Nelson Mandela, Mindy Kaling – whoever you’d like to know more about! We’re reading about Malala Yousafzai at the moment: the 14-year old girl who stood up to the Taliban and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now there’s a healthy role model for you.
Our resolutions weren’t about depriving ourselves of things we love and need, but it’s important for our self-esteem (as well as our health and happiness) to know we have the willpower to give things up that do us no good. Think outside the box here: we’re not suggesting you quit sugar, shopping or Netflix, but perhaps you could work on quitting negative self-talk, or apologising before you speak your mind. Could this be the year you conquer your biggest enemy of all?
We would love to know what your top resolutions are for 2016. We’ll be tweeting out our favorites, so tweet us @SloaneRanger or drop us a comment below.