Resolution Refresh: 3 tips to get back on track

How are your New Year’s resolutions faring?

Still going strong? Or have you started to waver?

It turns out a whopping 31.6% of resolutions don’t last more than two weeks and 41.6% don’t make it past one month.

But while a lot of people fail each year to accomplish their resolution, people who make resolutions are still 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don’t. Basically, resolutions are important and they can help us reach our goals. The trick is sticking to them.

And since it’s the time of year when those good intentions start to fade, I decided to hit refresh on my resolutions and share some tips to help stick with them. Hopefully this inspires you to revisit, refresh, and recommit, too. Read more

3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Happiness

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How many books do you think there are on happiness?Over 12,982. (According to a “happiness” search on Goodreads, anyway.)

Happiness is even written into the Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Philosophers love to philosophize about happiness: Aristotle wrote, “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

And scientists too: check out The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

I think it’s safe to say that people are kind of obsessed with happiness. I kind of am too (it’s in my site’s tag line for goodness’ sake).

But new research is showing that the active pursuit of happiness may actually be making us more unhappy. Huh?

There’s a few reasons that this can be the case.

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Need More Motivation? 5 TEDTalks to Inspire

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Some days (weeks… months…) you need an extra jolt of motivation and inspiration. Whatever you’re trying to work on, whether that’s a side hustle, fitness goal, or a work project, sometimes the energy fades, and we need an extra push.

If you’re not feeling motivated, you basically have two options:

  1. Fall off the tracks and never accomplish anything
  2. Pop in your headphones and listen to one of these awesome motivational TED talks

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The Importance of Trying New Things: 4 Ways to Move Outside your Comfort Zone

Move Outside Your Comfort Zone

Many of us often get stuck in a rut of doing the same things and activities day after day, week after week, year after year. We go to the same gym, talk to the same people at work, read the same types of books, and go to the same restaurants and bars every weekend. Routine is great – it creates stability and reduces stress – but novelty and forcing yourself outside of your comfort zone is also a really important part of life. 

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Changing your Life One Habit at a Time: 4 Steps to Master Habit Change

The Power of Habit
The Power of Habit

 

Have you ever struggled to drop a bad habit, or struggled to create one you know you need? In his book The Power of Habit: why we do what we do in life and business, Charles Duhigg breaks down the “science” of habits and how to change bad habits to good. His book also really got me thinking about all of the habits that I use every day, either purposefully or not. (PSA: If you haven’t read his book, I highly recommend it!) The more I read, the more I realized how much of my life was just a result of habits, rather than me actively choosing or deciding something. I also realized how draining it is when I actually have to make a decision instead of just relying on habit. It seems like when I have too many decisions to make in a day, my willpower and energy get so drained that by 6:00 all I can do is watch Netflix.

So basically, I want to rework my day and my habits so that they work for me and towards my goals, instead of moving me farther away from my goals. I’m going to break down the process so that you can hopefully apply these frameworks towards your own habits:

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Mindfulness versus Meditation

Meditation versus Mindfulness

I was first introduced to mindfulness by my fiancé – his HR department was circulating mindfulness exercises as part of it’s wellness initiative. As he was describing the exercises and the videos, all I could think was, “this sounds exactly like what I do in yoga…”. So whether you’ve been doing yoga and wondering what the heck mindfulness is, or exploring mindfulness and wondering how it connects to meditation (or haven’t done either and are just curious!), I’m here to help demystify the two. Read more

5 Cheap (or Free!) Ways to Change your Home to Improve your Mood

Many of us know by now that our surroundings, especially our homes, can affect our mood: everything from colors, shapes, lighting, and more can have an impact. However, if you’re like me, maybe going out to buy all new furniture with rounded edges isn’t in the budget right now. Or maybe you live in an apartment and can’t paint the walls! 

Whatever your situation, I’ve rounded up the best free or cheap things you can do to use your environment to boost your mood. I’ve also organized them by time they take, from quickest to most time-consuming. Read more