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New Year’s Resolution Ideas and How to Stick to Them

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Roll up your sleeves for New Year’s resolutions – those annual pledges that often see gym memberships turning into wallet fillers. No worries though! This guide sprinkles some humor and genuinely doable advice into your resolution mix.

The Usual Suspects of Resolutions

  1. Becoming a Gym Rat: Not just a fad, but a pledge to swap Netflix binges for treadmill sprints. It’s about embracing those endorphins and finally understanding what a burpee is.

  1. Masterchef Wannabe: Transforming your kitchen from a cereal-only zone to a culinary wonderland. It’s not just about ditching takeouts but about discovering the joy of seasoning beyond salt.
  1. Piggy Bank’s Best Friend:  Turning every saved penny into a victory dance. It’s the art of resisting that extra coffee and watching your savings bloom.
  1. Social Butterfly Reboot: Reviving your social life beyond digital ‘likes’. It’s about re-learning the art of small talk and enjoying real-life emojis (aka facial expressions).
  1. Zen Master Mode: Elevating from mere couch potato to a meditation guru. It’s the challenge of staying awake while finding your inner peace, one mindful breath at a time.

SMART But With a Laugh

Make your goals SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timed (or Totally hilarious). Imagine your goal isn’t just a line on a to-do list but the plot of a quirky sitcom. For example:


  • Not just “exercise more”, but “try every single dance class until I find the one where I look the least awkward.”
  • “Instead of ‘get fit’, try ‘master the art of not tripping over my yoga mat.'”


  • “Read 10 books” becomes “Read enough books to build a mini-fort.”
  • Turn “save money” into “save enough to buy that absurdly overpriced, but oh-so-soft hoodie.”


  • Instead of “becoming a morning person”, how about “successfully waking up before noon on weekends.”
  • Replace “write a novel” with “write enough pages to not feel guilty watching Netflix.”


  • Swap “drink more water” for “become a hydration hero, one fancy water bottle at a time.”
  • Swap “travel more” for “become a connoisseur of local tourist traps.”

Timed (or Totally hilarious)

  •  Transform “Run a marathon” into “Run faster than my neighbor’s tortoise – challenge accepted!”
  • Instead of “learn a new language”, go for “learn enough Spanish to order tacos like a pro.”

Remember, a touch of humor can make sticking to your goals a more delightful journey!

Stick-to-it Tips with a Chuckle

Here’s how to add a dash of humor to those stick-to-it tips for your New Year’s resolutions:

  • Funny Little Chunks: Break down your goal into comical milestones. For instance, if you’re aiming to get fit, start with “Survive a 5-minute workout without looking like a confused octopus.”
  • Cheering (or Roasting) App: Utilize an app that either gives you a virtual high-five or a witty roast for each small victory. Picture a digital coach with a sense of humor!
  • Buddy System: Team up with a friend who’s also hilariously bad at sticking to resolutions. It’s like having your comedy duo, where both of you try to outdo each other in the art of not giving up (or giving in to the call of the couch).

Injecting humor into the process can make achieving resolutions more enjoyable and less daunting. Remember, laughter might just be the secret ingredient in the recipe for success!

Dodging the Resolution Pitfalls

Dodging the Resolution Pitfalls is like playing a game of whack-a-mole with your habits. To avoid common traps:

  • The Overambitious Trap: Don’t be the Icarus of resolutions. Flying too high, too fast (like vowing to run a marathon by February) can lead to a crash and burn.
  • The Vague Vow: A resolution like “be happier” is as clear as fog. Nail down what ‘happier’ actually looks like for you.
  • The Lone Wolf Syndrome: Going solo can be tough. Find a pack (or just a pal) who shares your goal for mutual pep talks and laughs.
  • The Monotony Monster: Spice up your resolutions. If exercising feels dull, dance to 80s hits in neon legwarmers.

Remember, avoiding these pitfalls isn’t just about the goal; it’s about enjoying the journey – preferably with a few giggles along the way!

The Long Haul: Keeping the Laugh Alive

Remember that true change is a gradual process, similar to a marathon. It requires patience, perseverance, and a steady pace. So, unless you’re in an amusing race against your neighbor’s slow-moving tortoise, there’s no need to rush. Embrace each step, laugh at the hiccups along the way, and celebrate the small victories. This journey is about progress, not perfection, and maintaining a sense of humor can make it all the more enjoyable and sustainable.

Wrapping It Up with a Smile

Approach your New Year’s resolutions with a light heart and a smile. If you find yourself stumbling or veering off track, don’t be too hard on yourself. Instead, treat it as a moment of humor, a little reminder that life’s journey is full of ups and downs. The key is to acknowledge the slip, chuckle at it, and then stride forward with renewed determination. Resolutions are about progress, not perfection, and a dose of laughter along the way can make the experience more enjoyable and less daunting.

Here’s to a year of triumphs, tumbles, and the occasional victory dance—because who said resolutions can’t be achieved with a side of laughter? Here’s to your grand comedic saga of personal growth! 🎉😄

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Grace Turner

A wellness enthusiast and mindfulness educator residing in the beautiful community of Venice Beach, California. With a deep interest in running, mental health, and entrepreneurship, she proudly serves as the executive director of a statewide mental health nonprofit organization. Beyond her professional commitments, she is an avid wellness author, dedicated to promoting holistic well-being through her teachings and experiences.

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