There are thirteen common resolutions for the New Year – Which one is yours?

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful New Year. (Dr. Noorali Bharwani)
Wishing you all a happy and peaceful New Year. (Dr. Noorali Bharwani)

Being happy may be your only resolution for the New Year. But remember what Aldous Huxley, an English writer said, “Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”

Depending on your age, you have probably made hundreds of New Year’s resolutions in your lifetime. But these resolutions do not last more than a few days to a few weeks. There are other important things in life that take up our time and money.

There are hundreds of businesses that tell you how their products will make you healthy, wealthy and wise. I am sure they mean well. But how many people succeed in achieving their goals?

So what’s my point? It is simple. Don’t make life too complicated. Stay focused on your goal. Avoid doing too many things at the same time. Be happy and don’t worry too much… remember I said too much. Some element of worry is required to achieve your goal. Make a long term plan. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a year or after a New Year’s resolution.

Since I do not know everything (and that is the truth!), I did some research. According to www.USA.gov there are thirteen New Year’s resolutions popular every year. It provides information that can help you achieve your goals in 2014.

Here is the list: 1. Lose Weight, 2. Volunteer to Help Others, 3. Quit Smoking, 4. Get a Better Education, 5. Get a Better Job, 6. Save Money, 7. Get Fit, 8. Eat Healthy Food, 9. Manage Stress, 10. Manage Debt, 11. Take a Trip, 12. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, 13. Drink Less Alcohol.

Losing weight is on top of the list. There are many ways to lose weight, but it is not always easy. The article says, “The key to successful weight loss is making changes in your eating and physical activity habits that you can keep up for the rest of your life.” The message is, “KISS – keep it simple stupid.” Sorry about that.

If you are five feet tall then you should not be over 125 pounds in weight. If you are six feet tall then you should not be over 175 pounds in weight. You can find a full chart on the website mentioned earlier.

Make sure your healthy eating plan is one that has fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. Include lean meats, poultry, fish, bean, eggs, and nuts. And is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

That is all for today. Be happy, don’t worry, laugh a lot and have a wonderful safe New Year. Remember what Walter Bagehot, a British journalist and businessman said, “The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”

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