18 Resolutions For 2018 That Are Easier To Keep Than Losing Weight

18 Resolutions For 2018 That Are Easier To Keep Than Losing Weight

It's okay to choose health, but don't forget these other ways to improve yourself this year.

2018 is here! Often, this transition into the new year is coupled with countless resolutions, made in hopes of improving yourself from the previous year. Losing weight and getting fit is often among the most popular new year's resolutions. If you're looking for something different this year, listed below are 18 ideas to improve yourself in 2018 that aren't related to joining a gym.

1. Read every day.

Whether it's in the morning while you're eating breakfast or a short 20 minutes before you go to sleep, reading every day is a way to give your brain a good workout.

2. Pray more.

Pray often and strengthen your relationship with God. If you're not religious, meditation is a good alternative for relieving stress levels and increasing peace of mind.

3. Drink more water.

Drinking the recommended amount of water daily is honestly an accomplishment for me if it happens. To help with this, keep a full water bottle with you at all times.

4. Have a regular sleep schedule.

A consistent sleep schedule has a variety of benefits for your body's health such as improved mental health and better sleep quality. If you're looking to regulate your schedule, try waking up earlier. Early risers are shown to have more consistent sleep schedules compared to those who wake up later in the day.

5. Keep a daily gratitude journal.

Before going to bed each night, write one thing you were thankful for throughout the day. You're going to sleep with a happy and grateful mind.

6. Volunteer.

Ideally, take a few hours out of your day once a week to volunteer. Nursing homes, hospitals, or even libraries are often looking for volunteers.

7. Start saving money.

Decreasing money spent on material goods - clothes, shoes, makeup, etc. - and making coffee at home are two great ways to start saving money in the new year.

8. Spend less time on social media.

Various studies exist pairing social media with mental health issues in teens and young adults. Decreasing the time spent on social media can improve your mental state, and may lead to increased productivity as well.

9. Keep a food journal.

Keeping a food journal does not necessarily need to equate to counting calories or tracking macro-nutrients. Being conscientious of the food you're eating will most likely help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

10. Get organized.

Clutter and disarray has a surprisingly large effect on mental state. Cleaning and organizing can help increase productivity, lighten your mood, and increase sleep quality. It may seem like a burden to do, but the payoff will be well worth it.

11. Be vulnerable.

This one might be cliche, but don't be afraid to be vulnerable. Be completely open and honest with your feelings towards people. Be more appreciative of the little things in life. Always look for reasons to be happy.

12. Learn to cook.

Learning to cook can help you become healthier and also help you save money. Stop spending money on fast-food restaurants and instead search for recipes online.

13. Be more present.

Turn off your cell phone, put your worries aside, and really be present in conversations. Give your full attention to people whenever you're interacting with them. It will make a world of a difference in your relationships.

14. Be an active news reader.

Sometimes, it's difficult to keep up-to-date on the news between classes, work, and our other social activities. Reading the news keeps us informed and active citizens. Download a news app, watch a video, or read the newspaper; just stay connected.

15. Make breakfast a priority.

A cold piece of leftover pizza does not count as breakfast. A nutritious breakfast such as eggs, oatmeal, or a fruit smoothie will provide a much better start to your day.

16. Reduce your carbon footprint.

Recognize your personal contribution to climate change. Try walking or biking to work instead of driving, or take public transportation instead of your own vehicle. Buying locally-grown food or reducing your dairy/meat intake could also help reduce CO2 emissions.

17. Take care of your teeth.

Dental hygiene is so incredibly important and is often overlooked. Be sure to take care of your teeth, not just by brushing and flossing daily, but don't forget to make appointments for regular cleanings.

18. Smile more.

Research suggests that smiling can transform your life. It not only is proven to lift our mood, but it can make us appear more attractive to others and brighten the mood of those around us as well. If you're looking for a simple, yet effective, new year's resolution to improve your life, smile.

Cover Image Credit: Catherine Zhang

Popular Right Now

10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

Psalm 34:1

The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

Cover Image Credit: Wallpapers Pro

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

7 Spooktacular Ways To Give Your Halloween Pumpkin A Grown-Up Twist By Incorporating Alcohol

Shoutout to my best friend, Pinterest.


As you get older, some people may think they're too old to carve a pumpkin for Halloween. Those people are wrong. First reason: it doesn't matter how old or ~mature~ you get, no one is "too old" for Halloween. Second reason: pumpkin kegs are a thing, so there you go. Here are some creative ways to give your jack o' lanterns a little bit of a "grown-up" twist:

1. The pumpkin keg

This one's for all the beer-lovers out there. What's a more festive way to drink beer than drinking straight out of a pumpkin? Also, Halloween is the only time when it's acceptable to drink beer out of a pumpkin, so if you're into that, why not take advantage of it?

2. Painted pumpkins

Life imitates art? For all the less crafty souls out there, painting a pumpkin is 100x easier than carving, and a lot easier to clean up. Also, this makes for adorable, yet ~spooky~ decorations for your Halloween party.

3. Pumpkin wine dispenser

Slap the pumpkin anyone? If someone walked up to me at a party with a whole ass pumpkin and told me to "slap the bag" my basic girl persona would immediately take over and grab that pumpkin with no questions asked. This is obviously much like the pumpkin keg, but for wine lovers.

4. Pumpkin cooler

Nothing says "Halloween" like chilling your alcohol inside a pumpkin.

5. Pumpkin beer holder

Essentially, the same idea as the pumpkin cooler, but with a different technique.

6. Pumpkin punch bowl

Only the realest Halloween fans would drink straight from a pumpkin.

7. Drunk pumpkins

Creative, yet relatable. This pumpkin is also a good reminder to be responsible with your drinking and not get Halloween wasted.

Related Content

Facebook Comments