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4 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Hard to Break

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Hard to Break

It’s 2017 – what’s your New Year’s resolution? If you’re looking to change your life for the better with a great New Year’s resolution, the National Institutes of Health advises you not to make outrageous and unrealistic resolutions. They recommend you either make a smaller goal (e.g. losing 5 pounds instead of 30 pounds) or include small goals into your resolution to keep you motivated (e.g. losing 30 pounds by next December by losing 5 pounds in the next three months).

Here are a few fun New Years resolutions that won’t be too hard to keep and will improve your life:

1. Try an Exotic New Sport

If your goal is to get more active, it’s a lot easier if your New Year’s resolution is to try a really fun, new sport. Trying something new and exotic will pique your curiosity and interest, which helps you stick to playing the sport and keeping your resolution.

Here are some exciting exotic sports that should keep you thrilled and playing regularly:

Freerunning

Freerunning, which is officially known as Parkour, is one of the most epic activities you can commit to. Remember TV superheroes, like Daredevil and the Green Arrow? Their stunts are the epitome of this sport!

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This sport is the extreme version of obstacle course racing – almost all the obstacle courses are buildings! You’re daringly vaulting across building ledges to nearby ledges or wall jumping onto a building’s metal grill, which you climb up only to leap off of to latch onto another building’s fixture. It’s really an official sport – with many universities having Parkour clubs and organizations, like Champlain’s Parkour Club, UGA’s Parkour, and UConn’s Husky Pack Parkour.

3D Dodgeball

This is regular dodgeball, except you’re playing in an arena where the floor and walls are a series of trampolines! This allows both you and your opponents to pull off cinema-like jukes and plays as you strategically throw yourself into a wall trampoline to both dodge an incoming ball and launch yourself towards your opponent for your own attack!

Salsa dancing

Salsa dancing is fun and is pretty much like going clubbing for your workout. You’ll meet new people and literally have fun dancing with them. It’s not just dancing – according to the University of Florida, it’s a vigorous cardio exercise that makes you burn up to 420 calories in just 60 minutes!

If your New Year’s resolution is sticking to one of these action-packed sports, you’ll enjoy your resolution instead of treating it like a chore.

2. Get a New Look by Growing a Stylish Beard

Do you want to look different in 2017 than you did in 2016? Growing facial hair makes a big difference. Experts say the kind of facial hair you have can drastically change how people perceive your intellect, attraction, and dominance:

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If you have a full beard, most females told researchers they thought it looked most aggressive and masculine. But they also said they thought it looked more socially mature and intelligent. The downside is they said bearers of full beards look older – but maybe that’s what you want to go for in 2017!

If you have a light beard, you’ll look more like a leader. Females told researchers that light beards looked most dominant.

If you have a light stubble, you’re probably popular with women! Females told researchers that they preferred light stubbles for long- and short-term relationships and found them most attractive.

There you have it – growing a new style of facial hair can instantly change your social status in 2017. If you’re eager to get your new beard, try natural ways to grow healthier facial hair, like upping your hair-nourishing B vitamin intake. Boosting your protein intake also helps, since your body needs mostly protein to grow hair, but choose clean vegetable protein sources, like tofu, nuts, and mushrooms, instead of cancer-causing red meats.

3. Be Healthier

Making a New Year’s resolution to be healthier for 2017 doesn’t have to mean more exercise and going vegan. There are easier ways to be healthier that make it easier to keep your resolution. Taking daily supplements is one very easy way to be healthier. All you do is take one or more capsules once a day – it only takes seconds of your time, but gives your health an enormous boost!

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Here are some you can choose from:

Branched-chain amino acid supplements (BCAAs)

Your body needs branched-chain amino acids everyday for its daily processes. You get them naturally from foods, but researchers found that supplementing with concentrated BCAAs prevents muscle damage and muscle loss during intense exercise. They also boost your immunity, especially if you’re recovering from surgery. They’ll also help you fight addiction urges – alcohol detox centers often include BCAAs in their patients’ treatment regimens because they’ve been found to help with recovery.

Two Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts aren’t supplements, but eating two daily has been found to boost your body’s selenium levels more effectively than selenium supplements. Selenium is rare in foods, but is important for your immune system.

Selenium also fights harmful free radicals and neutralizes mercury you ingest from seafood. Eating nuts isn’t that big of a leap from taking supplements – instead of popping a pill, chew on two Brazil nuts. Unlike selenium supplements, brazil nuts are also rich in essential fatty acids and protein.

4. Get Rid of Expensive Cable

If you’re still subscribing to cable or satellite television, you might want to consider stopping. The internet is swallowing up everything – it’s just part of modernization. People are moving from landlines to cellphones and VOIP services for their telecommunications needs. The same is true for television services — People are streaming more and watching regular cable TV less.

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Cable and satellite TV plans are costly compared to $9 per month for Netflix or Hulu, which now regularly streams currently airing shows – so it’s almost like watching live television, but without commercials!

Netflix Alternatives

If you’re not a fan of Netflix, you can try Netflix alternatives, like Cloudload and Amazon Prime.

Streaming

Streaming is also more versatile than cable or satellite because you can watch what you want when you want to without having to schedule recordings or prerecord anything. You can also take your subscription with you! You can bring your tablet or portable streaming device with you on vacation and hook it up to any TV and start streaming like you’re at home.

You’ll also get more for your buck. Streaming subscriptions usually have a bigger selection of movies and shows than cable or satellite – Netflix has shows dating back from the 1940s and older!

Of course, it all depends on your internet capabilities. Streaming is cheap because it uses your internet as the provider, unlike cable and satellite. If your geographical area or personal situation doesn’t allow for fast internet, then streaming might not be right for you.

Experts say the key to keeping your New Year’s resolution is choosing an easier one. Try these fun, healthy resolutions and you’ll have a better chance of staying true to your 2017 resolution!

Featured photo credit: rory3822 via pixabay.com

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18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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