Ten Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

About one in three Americans make a New Year’s resolution. Resolutions are a great tradition, offering us an opportunity to kick bad habits, create new opportunities, soften the rough edges of our behavior, and polish up relationships. The trick, of course, is sticking with it.

Just in case you were sitting around wondering which one of the zillions of promises you’d like to make to yourself, we’ve collected 10 resolutions that are relatively easy to keep and will certainly go a long way toward a healthier and happier 2016.

1. More FTF and less TXT. It’s easy to think that a random text now and then can substitute for a real conversation if you’re working on keeping relationships with friends and relatives strong. It doesn’t. Try talking to your friends and relatives more IN PERSON, or at least hear their voices. Use tech like FaceTime and Skype more. Put DOWN the phone while you eat or talk with others. You will find the quality of your relationships improve, your fingers aren’t as sore from texting, and you’ll avoid that $300 texting-while-driving traffic ticket, too.

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Making 2016 a Better Year

a happy lifeAnd here we are- on the cusp of another year. This year brought lots of good things, and some not-so-good things. As you think “forward” know that a few little things can make a big difference in the balance and harmony in your life. So make it a point to do things that will help make 2016 a better year.

Try these ten tips…

1. Learn something new. Teach yourself some new recipes. Learn to play poker. Try your hand at Portuguese.  Why not?  Stimulate your brain and you will be happier.

2. Talk to someone.  Not texting. Not email. Not a note on the table. Brew up some tea or hang out at Starbucks and really TALK to someone about anything–not just serious stuff.

3. Eat cleaner. OK.  You know this one.  Better nutrition leads to feeling better and that leads to a higher quality of life.

4. Think positively. Catch yourself when you start to look on the dull side of life or when you become a “negative nelly.”  Be positive.  It works.

5. Go outside. We live in a world of walls, of office cubicles, or windows-up cars. Sometimes just being OUTSIDE makes a big difference.  Plan some time every day to just get outside and breathe.

6. Be thoughtful and/or meditate every day.  Our lives are so crazy that we rarely take even a minute just to stop and THINK. Some people focus on thinking through yoga or meditation.  Are those people happier than you are? Probably.

7. Move.  Yeah, yeah.  Get some exercise.  Go for a walk. Ride a bike, hit the gym.  Make it a habit – even if it’s only a couple times a week.  It can make a big difference in how you feel and how you look.

8. Know what makes you happy.  Puppies? Chocolate? Your children? A hot bath? Know what brings you joy and pay more attention to that for a while.

9. Smile. If you don’t smile at least once a day, you’re missing out on a joy in life.  Whether it’s a casual smile at a co-worker who says or does something funny, or smiling to yourself when you watch that crazy kitty-drive-a-car video again.  Smiling is good for you. It’s contagious. And it definitely brings good things to life.

“We smile a lot. It keeps the energy positive and keeps us focused on the goodness of massage.”  SVMTG Staff

 10. Get a regular massage.  We’re not just saying this because we’re professional massage therapists.  Massage makes you physically and mentally feel better.  Good endorphins are stimulated. Muscle aches disappear. Your mood improves. You relax and disconnect from your wireless devices for a precious hour or so. Your overall quality of life will improve. You’ll have a better year. Treat yourself to a massage every two weeks for a month.  You will feel better.  Seriously!