Applied Behavior Science for Health and Happiness
Resolutions for the New Year (NOT New Year’s Resolutions!): Mind, Body, Soul
Resolutions for the New Year (NOT New Year’s Resolutions!): Mind, Body, Soul

Resolutions for the New Year (NOT New Year’s Resolutions!): Mind, Body, Soul

Resolutions for the New Year (NOT New Year's Resolutions!)For the last couple of years, I’ve had some defined goals beginning in January. I wouldn’t call them New Year’s resolutions–in fact, I think that approach can be counter-productive. Even so, the new year is a good reminder to thoughtfully evaluate one’s life. In 2014, I resolved to do one awesome thing each quarter. The result was my Year of Awesome. In 2015, I hooked into an initiative at work and picked goals for mind, body, and soul.

For mind, I resolved to read 150 books this year. I was able to surpass the goal, and yes, I do read a lot. For body, I wanted to finish the Boston Marathon in good health and spirits: Check. I also had a secondary body goal of beating my half-marathon personal record, which I did NOT do, so we’ll call that one a half-win. Finally, for soul, I wanted to make a concerted effort to see friends and family who live far away. I think I did ok with that.

In 2016, I think I will continue the mind, body, and soul plan, although I haven’t picked my specific goals yet. I have a few ideas in mind and will be putting them into words for myself in the next few weeks.

What about you? What goals will you pursue in 2016?