You Should Know
More than half of all New Year resolutions fail. But not yours. Not this year. Here are some tips to keep your exercise goal. Listen to audio books. One study found that exercisers who saved novels just for the gym worked out 51% more than those who didn’t. Give yourself compliments. Giving gratitude in the morning has been shown to keep you motivated throughout the day. Change your routine. Working out in different ways is good for your body and for your brain. Wear good gear. Studies show that what we wear affects how we feel. Play upbeat music. It’ll elevate your mood.
Hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day doesn’t just taste good and warm your insides; it’s good for you too. Cocoa powder is a good source of fiber and iron. It’s rich in antioxidants. It’s also been shown that consuming hot cocoa regularly protects skin from sun damage, increases blood flow to the skin and improves the surface texture of your skin. For the healthiest hot cocoa, make your own using unsweetened cocoa powder or 85% dark chocolate, low fat milk and natural sweeteners like honey.
This year, find what makes you happy, make a goal to get there, and don’t give up trying – whether it’s getting healthier, finding a better work-life balance, or doing activities you love. As parents, we spend most of our time making sure everyone around us is happy, but experts warn we need to care for ourselves too - first even. Once we find our own happiness, giving to others will only make us happier.
If saving money is one of your resolutions this year, think about this: cutting expenses is great, but unless you actually set money aside, you’re not really saving, you’re just spending less. Try to put any money you save on a purchase in a safe place for the future. Getting a discount? Save the difference. Using coupons? Save the difference. Find a cheaper brand? Save the difference. Or, decide to stash every $5 bill that lands in your hands. With a saver’s attitude, little by little, your savings will grow.