New Year’s Resolutions you can keep: Enjoy 1 thing!

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This week, Our Values is tackling the perennial issue of making New Year’s resolutions you can keep, with the goal of raising your RCR—you know, your Resolution Completion Rate!

Today, let’s have some fun, shall we? Seriously! I’ve been scanning the advice offered all over the web about how to stick to your resolutions, and they all seem to start in the same place: that the beginning of a new year is a time for self-denial, for deprivation, for cutting back. No wonder resolutions are so hard to keep!

While those sites have some useful tips about changing your life for the better, here’s one piece of advice I haven’t seen anywhere else: In 2011, resolve to do something you want to do in the first place.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Sounds supsiciously fun, doesn’t it?

But this is not simply a prescription for hedonism. For example, if you have reason to think there’s not enough joy in your life, you might want to find ways to laugh more. So your resolution could be to watch funnier movies, and more of them. You’ll have to make the time, but it’s your resolution, after all.

If you feel disconnected from your kids, your resolution might be to listen to their music for a couple of weeks (see yesterday’s entry, about two-week resolutions).

That big book in your nightstand that you’ve been meaning to read, but can’t seem to find the time? Go ahead! Make the time!

You can always find some other time of the year to launch a diet.

So, NOW what are you thinking about as you make up your list?

Come on, please—“Comment” below.

(Dr. Baker is away and has invited writer Terry Gallagher to carry us through the year-end holidays.)

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