I recently read a post on The NY Times website about the 15 ways to be a better person in 2016. I found the article both amusing and educational. I was inspired to create my own list of way to becoming a better person in 2016! My list is just a little bit different than theirs! 😉
DITCH THE PEOPLE THAT BRING YOU DOWN. We all have those friends in our lives that have never really done much good for us. The relationship always seems to be one-sided and you never feel like you can celebrate your successes in front of them. Don’t get me wrong – it’s nice having friends you can cry with, but you should always be able to feel like you can share happiness, joy and celebration with your friends. So, it’s time to say buh-bye!
TREAT YOURSELF MORE OFTEN. Whether that means eating that piece of cake or splurging on a new handbag. Chances are, you deserve the extra treat, so I say go for it!
PAY IT FORWARD. These are big words to live up to. At least, I think that’s what we feel. But paying it forward doesn’t have to be BIG, kind actions. Something as simple as paying for the person’s food behind you in the drive-thru lane at Taco Bell will do. Or even helping the old lady at the grocery store find the type of apple she is looking for. Doesn’t matter the size, as long as the action is kind and with good intentions, it’s still considered paying it forward.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW. Learning something new can be scary and exciting. I say, go outside your comfort zone. Learn something you always thought was interesting, but never thought you could do. Take a painting class. Take a cooking class. Take a skiing lesson. This year, I think I’ll be spending some more time in the kitchen with my mom and husband, learning to cook!
SAY I LOVE YOU MORE. Turn to those you love, look them in the eye and tell them you love them. We say it so often, yet not enough. Making sure you have your loved one’s full attention and truly feeling the words as you say them, can give back the words “I love you” their true meaning.
GET A PET. Okay, okay… I kinda stole this one from the NY Times’ list, which you can read here. But I totally think getting a pet in 2016 is a fantastic idea. It’s a lot of work, time and responsibility, but if you’re willing, I promise you won’t regret it. You can truly learn a great amount by being responsible for another living thing. Plus, there’s nothing better than puppy cuddles when you’re sad!
SET MINI GOALS. Big goals are great, but they’re daunting. Try setting mini goals that will help you accomplish those big goals that often feel unreachable (spoiler alert: they’re totally not unreachable).
GO FOR MORE WALKS. Not to lose weight or be healthier physically, but because fresh air is good for you and it’s a good way to reset your thoughts. Annnd I guess getting in shape is always good, too. 😉
CREATE SOMETHING. Creating can be fun, challenging and rewarding. Even for you non-creative people out there. Just because you’re not creative doesn’t mean you can’t create. Paint a portrait. Scrapbook your memories. Re-decorate your bedroom. Grow a garden. The options are endless when it comes to creativity.
DROP/PICK-UP A HABIT. It takes 21 days to start a habit and even longer to end a habit. It’s safe to say, habits are tough. But they aren’t always bad. Find a habit of yours that you’d like to drop and then find a habit that you’d like to pick-up that will hopefully help you drop your current habit. For example, say you bite your nails. Well, try getting into the habit of getting your nails done or having them painted. When you have the urge to bite, you’ll look down at how pretty your nails look and be reminded at how badly the polish tastes and well, the urge will eventually go away! 🙂