Jones Smiles - January 2018



January 2018



Well, a new year is officially upon us. I have to admit I love to make a New Year’s resolution list — 5 a.m. workouts, no more fast food (ever!), reading a book a week … I have really wanted to do it. But if you’re like me, you know how the story ends. That extra hour or two of sleep feels so good, not much is better than a classic Chick-fil-A sandwich, and I’ll get back to finishing that book as soon as we catch up on what’s on the DVR! While reading through the slew of ‘new year, new you’ articles recently, I found one in particular quite amusing. Below you will find the list of 16 resolution ideas that are actually easy to keep while still having a great year, with just a few creative liberties of my own. 1) Power off. In a world that’s so connected, take a few minutes to shut down from texts, emails, tweets, and Facebook notifications. Try a phone shutdown after 9 p.m. and even during dinner! 2) Take the stairs. Your thighs will thank you, and it does make you look and feel much fitter to be striding up a set of stairs instead of waiting on the elevator! 3) Set a very simple fitness target and hit it! This probably isn’t the year that training for a marathon fits into your schedule. But doing the next 5K? You bet! 4) Stop buying soda. We all know it’s bad for us. So, save your teeth and waist from the sugar and pad your wallet a little more in the process. 5) Smile at strangers. You never know when someone else is having a bad day, and a smile can go a long way. Studies also show that people can increase their own happiness by smiling more!

6) Don’t read opinion pieces you know you won’t agree with. No matter your thoughts on politics, make an effort to quit reading articles you know you disagree with, which will only annoy, anger, or irritate you. 7) Pick up a cheap hobby (and don’t be afraid to be terrible at it). You don’t have to buy loads of biking, hiking, or team sport activity items to try something new. Start small and basic.

8) Cook something once per week. Make something from scratch weekly.

9) Be nicer to yourself. We are often our own biggest critics and cynics. Ease up on yourself in the new year!

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