Cut down on the swearing. Ditch the diet soda for good. Learn to meditate. Many of us believe that New Year’s Day is the great “do-over” where you can fix your perceived flaws and weaknesses by stating what you promise to do in the coming 12 months to undo all of that baggage.
However, the retention rate of New Year’s resolutions is about as long as a Taylor Swift romance — which can make you feel totally defeated. But fear not! Maybe by taking the seriousness down a notch and throwing a little humor into your New Year’s resolutions it just might make them stick this time!
Here are a few ideas for New Year’s resolutions that will make you smile — and may even help you accomplish your goals this year!
4 Fun New Year’s Resolutions to Make
1. Ditch the pundits on Facebook. Hey, did you happen to know this is an election year and your best friend from the eighth grade CANNOT STOP posting her opinions about it? Trust us when we tell to you it NEVER works out to argue with them.
Unfriending is just too hostile for some folks (and can create some serious inter-friend drama with busy bodies). Instead, just mute the Facebook addicts from your timeline and do the proper thing with your downtime. And by that we mean and fill it with Jimmy Fallon videos and photos of cats napping. (There, don’t you feel so much better now?)
2. Enjoy the occasional pity party. Spoiler alert but something will happen over the next 12 months that will bum you out completely and all of the positive thinking and well-meaning peeps who try to get you to see the bright side will not help at all.
Ice cream and Netflix were created for a reason. Take some time for yourself when you feel really down and experience all of the emotions that go with it. Be more human and indulge in the random pity party — and do so wearing a goofy hat, if possible!
3. Invest in a comedy podcast. Find a show this year to follow that will help you get a case of the giggle fits and help you forgive the creeps who steal your spot in Spin class (Grrr!). Some of our favorites include Julie Klausner’s How Was Your Week? (Trust us, she will be your new snarky, imaginary BFF) and Pop My Culture Podcast (perfect for 90s loving people), and comedian Chelsea Peretti’s Feral Audio is a wacky delight.
4. Tell Your inner critic to f*** off. We mean this literally. That little voice that tells you that you will never reach your goal weight or your career is not going as well as it should can just take a freaking hike already! Really just say “F*** off!” to that voice when you are alone — and not on the subway unless you are trying to clear out the train.
Give yourself permission to NOT listen to your inner critic every once in a while. (When you scold yourself for behaving like a jack ass however — listen to that one and apologize promptly to the offended parties.) You are HUMAN and therefore imperfect.
Love yourself even though not everything is lining up like your dream board. You are made of awesomesauce no matter what shape you are in. Believe in that!
What FUN New Year’s resolutions are you setting this year? Tell us in the comments below! —Margo