Resolutions You Can Actually Keep in 2018
By Thao Nguyen
Hands up if you’ve never kept a new year’s resolution longer than two months. Every year I delude myself into thinking I can keep up a goal for at least half a year, and every year I give up about six hours past midnight. Safe to see it’s gotten to a point where I’m not even disappointed in myself when I fail. But I’m determined to make 2018 a good year, and I’m going to start with resolutions that I’m fairly certain I can keep up, and I’m confident you can too!
Drink at least 8 cups of water every day.
This is one I started a few weeks ago, and let me just say, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Water is kinda bland y’all. From drinking infused water, to making tick marks to every cup I drink, I’ve tried all kinds of tricks to force myself to stay properly hydrated. In all honestly, of all of the resolutions on this list, this will probably be the easiest one to keep up. It requires very little mental dexterity and the benefits are so good too! Clear skin, homeostasis, and no more dry mouth?! What more could you ask for?
Do at least one random act of kindness a week.
2017 was a crazy year - let’s try to counterbalance it with more random acts of kindness. I don’t know about you, but whenever I can make someone’s day better it warms up my cold, dead heart. Random acts of kindness benefit you and others, so there’s no reason to skip any opportunity to carry them out. Making it a goal to be kind once a week gives you 52 chances to be someone’s reason to smile, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the year.
Be more honest and open.
And now for a tough one, being more honest and open with yourselves and others. We all know how difficult it can be to be vulnerable and show our true selves. But damn if it isn’t freaking exhausting to put on a mask all the time and pretend to be okay when we aren’t. I challenge you to take that mask off sometimes. It’ll be liberating, allow you to love yourself more, and build more trust in all of your relationships. It’s a win-win-win.