A "Fun" Twist on New Year's Resolutions
Instead of focusing on things you need to “fix” with your New Year’s resolutions, like losing weight or quitting smoking, why not focus on one thing that would be a nice addition to your life this year? Not a “should,” but a frivolous, fun change that you can do all year long.
For instance, spend the year becoming great at Thai cooking, or writing a book, or replacing your entire wardrobe. Whatever it is, make it something fun or interesting to you.
In other words, don’t pick something just because it would be “good for you” (though don’t pick some-thing that would be harmful either). Think of it as something that pulls you forward, rather than something that pushes against your will.
What do you get out of “fun” resolutions vs. “should” resolutions? You’re more likely to do something fun. And if you’re successful doing something new for yourself this year, then you benefit from higher self-esteem and the good that comes from the new thing itself. Since you’re statistically unlikely to keep your “should” resolutions anyway, then “fun” resolutions will give you a greater sense of accomplishment.