15 Naughty New Year’s Resolutions
Whenever a new calendar is slapped on the wall, many of us swear off carbs and commit to kale all-day-every-day, or decide this spring we’re going to do our first triathlon even though we get out of breath jogging to the bus stop and the only time we wear a swimsuit is to wade over to the swim-up bar.
Conceptually, New Year’s Resolutions are noble enough, as working on oneself can be a good idea, but ultimately, the typical New Year’s Resolution doesn’t have what it takes to make behavior changes stick. This is because the changes we attempt are things we feel we should do, versus what we want to do.
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So, now that we are looking down the barrel of the end of 2016, why don’t we start thinking about changes that are not only good for us, but are also super duper enjoyable? They might not always be society-approved, but will be more successful than a newly-forced kale habit any day.
1. Eat more dark chocolate
As people are swearing off sugar, bread and anything remotely sweet for the rest of time, why don’t you pick up a piece of dark chocolate instead? There is a ton of research proving the chemical compounds called polyphenols found in cocoa can help us in myriad ways, from decreasing blood pressure to increasing insulin sensitivity.
The key is to find a high-quality dark chocolate, as it contains the highest amounts of the health-promoting compounds and the least amount of sugar and fat. So no, white chocolate doesn’t count.
2. Have a living room dance party
Back when you were too young to go to bars, do you remember having dance parties with your friends in their parents’ basements? Outside of perfecting your smooth moves, do you also remember how good you felt and how much fun you had?
Dancing is a great way to get exercise and movement into your day, and is also an opportunity to just act ridiculous. Adulting is stressful and boring, so why not shake what yo’ momma gave you and let loose a little?
3. Hire a cleaning service
Speaking of adulting not being any fun, cleaning is fairly high up there on the list of most-avoided chores. Unfortunately, we live in a culture that perpetuates the notion that we’re supposed to do everything (with a smile on our face!), causing many to feel guilty about needing or wanting someone to clean up our mess.
Forget that. If the budget allows, have someone come in every four or six weeks to get the deep-down grime. This frees up minutes for stuff you’d rather be doing and makes your maintenance tidying much less tedious.