5 Feel-Good Resolutions Everyone Can Maintain in 2014

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New Year’s resolutions are notorious for one thing: they (almost) never stand the test of time. Walk into any gym come early January and you see determined runners on the treadmill; open the refrigerators of consumers everywhere and you see shelves lined with fruits and veggies; enter freshly cleaned houses and you hear the sound of inhabitants promising to “de-clutter.”

No matter what your promise is to yourself year after year — whether it’s to call your friends more, attend church more frequently, or say goodbye to late-night snacking once and for all — almost everyone can attest to the fact that the attractiveness of a New Year’s resolution typically fades away almost as fast as the excitement of a new year does.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. We have the ability to make promises at the beginning of January and feel proud the following December by how much progress we have made in our goals. The secret is to start small and not overcommit ourselves to goals we cannot possibly meet. Go to the gym every day, for 365 straight days? That’s setting yourself up for failure. Trying a new workout program or setting a yearlong goal? Now that’s something we can work on.

Focus on the word “one” next year. One fitness goal, one health-related goal, one career goal, one family goal, one travel goal — the list goes on. Focusing on one major goal or several to complete over the course of the year is doable: Just don’t expect everything to get done in January. Take a look at the following five examples of feel-good resolutions that everyone can maintain in the upcoming year.

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