(20)14 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions


Above, a picture from a great trip, with friends, to Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah, VA (Photo Credit: Daniel Neuberg)

I never really saw the point to making new years resolutions. If I want to do something, I usually just go out and do it. It doesn’t take the new year to inspire me to change. Having said that, setting goals or even having a list of principles to follow can substantially increase the likelihood that you will actually do something. However, we all know 95% of the resolutions people make for new years are bullshit and never actualy get done.  So, instead of just jotting down “lose 5 lbs” or “get a six pack” I thought it would be a good idea to write a post about some principles to live by. Contrary to what the title suggests, this is not a list of “New Years Resolutions”, but rather a list of principles that I try to follow (although I’m nowhere near perfect), and have found very helpful.

1. Go Outside More- 

Stop making excuses to stay inside. Chances are, you will feel a heck of a lot better if you go outside. Study, relax, or even slack line outside! Get those AR-10 rifle kits if you’re interested in hunting.

2. Eat Less Grain – 

It has been a hot topic of 2013, but there is definitely something up with eating grains, so I would just avoid them entirely if you can.

3. Get More Sleep-

We all need more of it, especially as college students. Try going to bed an hour earlier, you will be amazed at the effects.

4. Be More Open Minded-

Don’t let pop culture or society tell you what you should think. Go out, experience and experiment. Most of all, understand that everyone has their own story.

5. Show More Gratitude-

For so many reasons, showing gratitude will help you out. Most importantly, science has shown that showing gratitude makes you happier!

6. Eat Less Processed Foods-

If it’s in a bag, its probably made out of stuff you don’t want to be eating. Buy from your farmer, eat real food.

7. Do Less Sitting and More Squatting-

As college students, we do A LOT of sitting (class, studying, hanging out, etc). Try and study squat, or even just stay standing for class. It will do wonders for you in 5-10 years when your hips are so tight you can’t even stand up straight.

8. Care Less-

Well, maybe not care less, but have your priorities set straight. Don’t get yourself caught up in something that doesn’t matter that much to you. Make a list of priorities and stick to it. Let the other stuff go.

9. Do More Creative and Artistic Activities- 

Sometimes we miss out on doing creative activities at school because we focus so much on becoming fact-spitting machines. Take some time to express yourself creatively. Chances are, it will get your creative juices flowing and you’ll come up with the next Facebook. (Disclaimer: results may vary)

10. Create Closer Friendships-

One of the most satisfying and fulfilling things in life is friendship. It’s what keeps us busy, interested and alert. The closer the friendship, the stronger the bond between people. A stronger bond means that you will be able to more easily open up to others, which can have immensely therapeutic effects.

11. Spend Less Time Looking at a Screen- 

I realize this is a bit hypocritical as I am currently staring at a screen, however, it is still very important. No one can deny how much better they feel after staying away from technology for an extended period of time. No one can also deny that we are inherently all becoming crazy addictive to this stuff. Here is a quick fix: Everytime you go out to eat, have everyone in your group put their phones in the middle of the table. The first one to grab their phone has to pay the check.

12. Take Up a New Sport/Game- 

Not only will this give you some extra time moving around and having fun, but picking up a brand new sport will stimulate your brain and keep you thinking creatively.

13. Read Recreationally- 

Too many times have I heard the answer to the question; “Do you read outside of class work?”, be “no.” There is much more learning to do outside the classroom. Go out and read it!

14. Explore Your Surroundings- 

Everyone needs a little more adventure in their lives. No better way to go on an adventure than to explore your surroundings. Go out to the backyard, closest hiking trail, park, or even academic building and explore it. Go find the nooks and crannies. Who knows? Maybe you will find some gold, oil bursting out of the ground, or even a perfect study spot!


There’s my list. What’s yours? Leave a Comment Below!

About The Author


Max is a passionate pursuer of integrative health. He has been drafted by a professional baseball team, worked in publishing scientific laboratories and spoken to groups of students on health and well-being. He is currently a biology major and philosophy minor at Denison University. Max spends his time reading, weightlifting, traveling and learning. Email Max at mungar810@gmail.com.

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