9 Beneficial Resolutions That Take Little To No Effort

Life & Love | Camille Travis | 01/01/2014 | 10:00 AM EST

There's no reason to not get a jumpstart on these resolutions

With every new year comes a set of alluring resolutions that aim to reset our mindsets. Yet as the days on the calendar pass by, for some, our promises tend to fall by the wayside and we slip back into our old ways.

Luckily, there are some resolutions that can be put in place this very minute that take little to no effort. Not only will they prove to be beneficial to your everyday life, but they might motivate you to tackle more challenging personal goals (ex. losing weight, saving money, etc.) for 2014. Check out our list of nine resolutions to adopt right now!

Digital Disconnect

We've become a world constantly "busy" with answering emails, sending text messages and updating social network statuses. Put down your phone and step away from the computer whenever possible to enjoy life. You were only given one and we're pretty sure it wasn't meant to be spent at the beck and call of a notification. Explore a new hobby, link up with friends or carve out some "me" time, but whatever you decide, do so without being distracted.


Marion Wright Edelman said it best: Service is the rent we pay for being. Strive to volunteer your time and services at least once a month whether it be in a food pantry, nursing home, animal shelter or anywhere that can use a helping hand. You'll be glad you did.

Nurture Relationships

We often get comfortable in our relationships with friends, family and significant others, but push yourself to nurture these connections by calling more. Sending letters. Paying a visit. Hugging. Appreciating. And saying "I love you." You'll be surprised how far a simple gesture can go.

Cook More

If losing weight is one of your new year's resolutions, make the change at home. Challenge yourself to cook more instead of eating out day after day. Not only will you save money, but you'll begin to see a difference in your health-- provided you're making the right food choices.

Drink More Water

Michelle Obama has urged everyone to "Drink Up" and, unlike the bar, it won't cost you a penny. The benefits of H2O are plentiful-- from keeping your organs in balance to calorie control-- and who doesn't love a refreshing glass of ice cold water? If you're struggling to guzzle your 64 ounces a day, check out these tips for making the task a little easier.

Be Grateful

Make a conscious effort to be more grateful in life. While getting a promotion at work or buying a house certainly deserves some recognition, appreciate the little things as well.

Feed Your Mind

In your quest to becoming a better you, dedicate yourself to learning new things. You might have graduated from school some time ago, but obtaining knowledge should be a lifelong resolution. Keep sharp by reading books, newspapers and magazines. Take a class at your local college. Attend lectures and educational events in your area. Do whatever it takes to maintain your brain power.

Explore New Experiences

Make a habit of trying new things! Travel to a city you have yet to discover, order an unfamiliar dish, check out a movie outside of your preferred genres or get familiar with a new artist. It doesn't have to happen all at once, but it would be exciting to add some spice to your life every now and then.

Stop Worrying

Worrying has never made any situation better. If anything, it makes things worse. So, stop.

What are your goals for 2014? Let us know in the comments section below!

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