The New Year often results in people setting new goals and resolutions for themselves. Often these resolutions are about changing bad habits, but it is not too late to consider adding some fun goals for 2014.
Check out these five suggestions for New Year resolutions!
1. Try a new food.
There has never been a more diverse and interesting set of food choices available to you as there is now. Make it a goal to try a new food every week and discover things you never thought you would like!
2. Challenge yourself to go “tech free.”
Consider committing yourself to going tech free in certain situations. Maybe it’s about not taking your phone to class or when hanging out with friends. Maybe it means stepping away from Netflix in favor of a book, or playing a board game instead of a video game. Stepping away from technology forces you to be creative about how you spend your time, how you solve problems, and has been linked to positive improvements of mood (1).
3. Learn a new practical skill.
Maybe you never learned to change a car tire or how to perform CPR. Maybe you have always wanted to learn to cook. Learning a practical skill can be a rewarding and fun goal. With a ton of free resources online, it’s never been easier to pick up a new skill. Even better is to consider asking a parent, friend, or family member to teach you a new skill.
4. Learn a new silly skill.
Learning something practical is great, but learning how to juggle, how to perform a magic trick or the art of origami can be a fun way to spend some time. Plus, you never know when it could come in handy in your professional life, such as the origami that could save millions of lives. (2)
5. Open a book.
It has been found that reading just 15 minutes every day, for a year will net you a total of 20 completed books. Doing so, would put you in the top 25 percentile of all intellectuals in the world.(3) That sounds pretty impressive. The best part? You can read books on pretty much any subject you find interesting, just check out the MSOE Library for a great selection of non-fiction and fiction books!
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