We’ve all done it: Made resolutions to work out regularly, to stick to a budget, to eat better. Those are all great goals. And they can pay off if we stick to them. But the thing about strict resolutions is that when we break them, it can feel like we’ve failed, and it becomes easy to ditch them altogether. (Relevant Magazine)
Here’s a list of 11 New Year’s resolutions that everyone should consider making in 2016. Small habits that can make a difference in our lives—even if we don’t do the best job of always sticking with them (see No. 7).
To Spend More Time in Conversations that Matter
Too often, days at a time can go by with the conversations we have with our friends, family members and co-workers going no deeper than surface-level chit-chat. Though there’s nothing wrong with joking around, theorizing about the latest episode of Serial or strategizing about fantasy football, if we’re not intentional about regularly engaging in deeper conversations—that challenge us intellectually, spiritually and socially—too often, those types of talks can become increasingly rare.
To Complain Less and Do More
We’re all guilty of it from time to time: We see something broken—in culture, the Church, the government, in our own personal relationships—and our first instinct is to vent about it instead of thinking of ways we can help change it. Complaining about something can offer momentary relief from frustrations, but working on solutions to the problems in our world can actually fix the things that are broken.
To Spend Less Time Worrying
Any time spent worrying is time wasted. It’s also counterproductive. As author and activist Corrie ten Boom said in The Hiding Place, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
To Pray More
It’s easy to pray less when we have lots of things to do, but really, life should work in the opposite way. As Martin Luther once said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” No matter how busy we become, committing to spend more time praying—even if it’s during our commute, when we’re working out or throughout our day—is a key to growing spiritually.
To Cut Others Some Slack
In the social media era, where everyone’s opinion gets a platform, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of getting angry at our friends over things they say that we don’t agree with. Unfortunately, many times, that same mindset of taking offense at dumb stuff people say or do creeps into real-world relationships, the Church and workplaces. The thing is, most of the time, outrage is overrated. In 2016, commit to be offended less and reserving your anger for issues that really matter.
The First Lady Promotes Physical Fitness
1. 1. First lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event to promote physical fitness.1 of 9
2. 2. First lady hands a ball to Olympian skater Michelle Kwan.2 of 9
3. 3. Michelle Kwan cheers on the first lady during an event to promote fitness.3 of 9
4. 4. Michelle Obama participateds in a running drill during an event.4 of 9
5. 5. Michelle Obama laughs on the South Lawn of the White House during as event.5 of 9
6. 6. Michelle Obama exercises during an event to promote fitness.6 of 9
7. 7. Michelle Obama participates during an event to promote fitness.7 of 9
8. 8. Michelle Obama participates during an event to promote fitness.8 of 9
9. 9. Mrs. Obama, Grant Hill and Billie Jean King participate during an event.9 of 9
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