19 New Year's Resolutions We Should All Have In 2019

19 New Year's Resolutions We Should All Have In 2019

Setting goals can make you a happier person!

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Every year it seems that I make resolutions to give up on a few months or weeks into the year. It's frustrating because these are things that I want to achieve, but I think I set my goals unachievably high. However, there are a few very achievable goals we can all strive for in 2019. Let's all add these goals to our resolution list.

1. Be nicer to everyone

Sometimes it can be hard to be nice to everyone, including people who frustrate you. There's so much disrespect and hate in the world, even the smallest act of kindness or a smile can make a world of difference.

​2. Do the thing you've been putting off

For me, this is finishing any of the stories I've started writing. However, I think there's something that we've all been putting off doing for forever. Even if it's just a little piece at a time, do it.

3. Let go of the past

I'm not saying you should forgive everyone who has ever wronged you, but letting go of things you're holding onto can be amazing for you. If you can't leave someone or what they did in 2018, leave caring about it in 2018.

4. Try something new

Whether this is reading a new genre of book or taking a class in something you've always wanted to learn, trying new things is always fun, and you may even find a new thing that you love.

​5. Stop worrying about the things you can't change

Everything in life happens for a reason. I truly believe that. When you worry about things that you can't change or that aren't up to you, all you do is make yourself miserable and waste your own and everyone else's time. It'll be okay.

6. Make time for the things you love

We're all guilty of not taking enough time to enjoy the things that we enjoy doing. It just doesn't seem like there's enough time in the day. I promise you if I can find time to get hooked on a book in the middle of finals week, you can find the time to do what you love.

7. Spend time with the people who mean the most to you

Make time for the people you want to keep in your life. Even if it's just a lunch date or a text, show the people you care about that you care about them. I promise they'll appreciate it.

8. Try your best in all that you do

This one is so hard, but it's so rewarding if you do. Especially for classes you don't like if you give it your best effort, then that's the best you can do. Give it the best you can and let the rest fall into place.

9. Read a book

There is a book out there for everyone. Find the book for you and enjoy. Maybe it's this one.

​10. Treat yourself

You deserve a treat every once in a while. Get the Starbucks. Stay in that night. Take a break from studying. You deserve it.

11. Stop obsessing over things that aren't working out

It's so easy to get down in the dumps when things aren't going your way. Instead of obsessing over the things that aren't going well, appreciate the things that are going very well. Maybe you're killing chem this semester. Maybe you've taken your medication every single day. Be proud of what you're doing well instead of moping about what isn't going your way.

​12. Eat your favorite food

Society pressures us all so much to have the perfect body, but make sure you enjoy the things that you love every once in a while. It's worth the calories.

​13. Drink more water

This can have nothing but positive effects on your body. We could all be a little healthier this year.

​14. Find out what brings you happiness and do it

We all deserve to be happy. Find what brings that to you and do it.

​15. Work toward your other resolutions in small pieces

It's easier to commit to a resolution like "work out 2x a week" than "lose 25 lbs before May." One is a plan of action and one is the end goal. Recognize that they may both be there, but give yourself an achievable plan to get to the end goal rather than just having an end goal.

​16. Take care of yourself

Make time for yourself and make sure you're not giving too much of yourself away. I realized this past year, I gave almost all of my time away and was left stressed and losing it. Make sure you don't lose yourself in the craziness of the world.

​17. Let whatever happens happen

Life is unpredictable and instead of micromanaging your life to be exactly within the frame you want it to be in, let it fall into place. Wonderful things can come when you step back and live your life as it's happening.

​18. Appreciate the little things

This one speaks for itself. Life isn't all about the big things in life. Sometimes it's about the little things along the way to the big things.

​19. Be yourself

There's no one better for you to be than you. Be authentically you in 2019 and see what wonderful things come of it.

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It's Never Too Late For A New Year's Resolution

New Year's resolutions are just the first step to changing who you are and who you want to be.
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While New Year's Eve is behind us, it's not too late to spark up a resolution. And while many people drop their resolutions by February, I still think that New Year's resolutions are more about starting the year off with goals than about actually completing the resolution. Therefore I believe that everyone should have a New Year's resolution, regardless of their beliefs.

New Year's resolutions have become a superstition over the past few years. They have become widely known as silly goals that people forget about within the first few weeks or months. However true this may be, resolutions are still important for a symbol of hope and happiness for the upcoming year.

As a New Year's resolution enthusiast, I strongly believe that resolutions have the power to change life direction. These resolutions set goals for yourself and push you to go further and be greater. Plus, our brain is goal-oriented and strives to follow the path and goals that are laid out for it. Without goals, most of us would be sitting around and wasting time, money, and resources. Goals enable us to be the best version of ourselves, and while you can always set goals, a New Year gives new beginnings.

We all know the age-old saying "New Year, new me." And we all roll our eyes at it everytime someone says it. And while very rarely does anyone actually become an entirely different person over the course of a new year, they do sometimes change. Some for better and some for worse. And while we laugh at the people that use the phrase, we should actually be following their footsteps. They have made a plan to change, whether it be their lifestyle, their weight, or their habits. And I am a strong believer that if you don't like something about yourself, change it.

Another amazing thing that resolutions provide is happiness. Yes, literal happiness. Recently there was a neurological study that showed that humans achieve the greatest happiness through pursuit. By actively pursuing and chasing a goal we are activating the brain's pleasure sensors, thus making us happy. In actuality though, we derive much more pleasure from chasing our goals than actually achieving them.

Lastly, and my greatest argument for the use of resolutions, is that it's much better than the alternative. Without goals, we lack motivation and pleasure and success. Without the resolutions, New Year's being the biggest, we wouldn't have a purpose in our life. So set goals for yourself and don't be afraid to change how you are perceived. New Year's resolutions are just the first step to changing who you are and who you want to be.

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A Reflection On The Roller Coaster Year That 2018 Was

2018 was a year of ups and downs for many of us.

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In many ways, 2018 was just another year. We all have good memories and bad experiences. They both define our years, and we revel in the good times. However, when looking back at this year I realized just how consistently inconsistent this year was, from a societal and a personal perspective.

2018 was a real roller coaster year from start to finish.

First off, personally? I managed to achieve a lot. I got onto a research project for next semester, I managed to invite my senior senator for a get out the vote rally on my campus, I made new friends and commenced meetings for a medical ethics club my friend and I created on our campus. I also found great volunteer opportunities this year.

Those were great moments of this year and they defined it positively.

However, last year came with its own downsides. School was a struggle — it was hard to find a balance and juggle all of my responsibilities. Certain classes vexed me — some teachers seemed to be too demanding and a hassle, while others moved at the speed of light, making it too difficult to succeed in the class.

Combine that with working in a hospital at ungodly hours, and the year was immersed in stress. Stress, while sometimes positive, is not positive when it's consistently present.

2018 also brought us many ups and downs as a nation.

From the President defending hush money payments for infidelity, to the immense fires causing apocalyptic amounts of damage to California, to trade wars that harmed many of our farmers and fellow Americans — 2018 was a year with many disappointing and saddening moments. There was many a fight over politics, further increasing the division between sides of the aisle in America.

2018 also produced some of the worst music imaginable. Justin Timberlake's new album was tragic, 6ix9ine dropped some pathetically drab and dull material and Lil Xan — a shockingly bad rapper as is — dropped an album that exceeded all expectations for badness.

However, 2018 also brought us some great moments.

Some phenomenal music was released this year in the form of Astroworld and Kids See Ghosts, as well as Boarding House Reach by Jack White.

2018 also brought out the highest midterms turnout since 1914, with an estimated 118 million votes cast. Whether or not you agree with the House shift, it is satisfying to see so many individuals involved in the democratic process, despite obvious gerrymandering in many states.

Furthermore, public school teachers in many states — frustrated with decreased funding, lower salaries, and frankly understaffed and dilapidated facilities — fought for better pay for teachers and facilities for future generations of students.

Overall, 2018 was an interesting year.

While there is much more one could discuss in terms of culture (Kanye, Drake, the many memes that were promulgated across the internet, movies such as Black Panther), 2018 brought along the usual in terms of something exciting and great, as well as something remarkably sad.

2019 will, hopefully, not be as consistently inconsistent as its predecessor was.

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