It’s well known that New Year’s resolutions don’t have a high success rate. So why do we continue to make resolutions every year even though so few of us follow through?
One reason is the appeal of starting from scratch. The idea of bettering ourselves is another motivator. Perhaps the biggest motivator is tradition – we’ve always done it.
According to Forbes, these five simple New Years resolutions can have dramatic ripple effects on your health, happiness and professional success—and perhaps all the other goals you’ve set for yourself.
Smile more. It is well known among social psychologists now that the simple act of smiling can make you happier and healthier, even if your smile is a forced one—so practice more in 2015!
Maintain a health and fitness regimen.
Schedule personal time. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that the most productive people are not actually the busiest but rather those who prioritize their free time—for personal passions, for family, for activities completely unrelated to their jobs.
Don’t commit to things you can’t do.
Use your calendar. One of the best ways to stay on top of your goals is to schedule—relentlessly.