The year 2012 is about to end, and I know that many of us are now making New Year’s resolutions. But why do we make resolutions? It’s because New Year’s always gives us that hope and brightness that energize us to start our life anew. Although we are different from each other, many have common New Year’s resolutions. Here are the top ten New Year’s resolutions.

  • Save Money

Everyone has financial problems—well, except for billionaires. However, even rich countries experience financial and economic crisis (as we know all too well). Every day, people are fired from their jobs. So, save money so that you are prepared for any crisis. It’s time to be thrifty and you can start on the first day of 2013.

  • Exercise More

One of the best treasures that we have is our bodies. We need regular exercise to stay healthy. Besides, studies show that exercising can prolong our life, maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of cancer, improve our mood, and lower blood pressure. There are a lot of health benefits to exercising. It not only keeps you healthy, but also makes you feel (and look!) better. Start your 2013 by starting to get in shape!

  • Quit Smoking

It’s very hard to immediately stop smoking, especially if you are a hardcore smoker. If you have tried to stop before but failed, don’t worry. You are not alone. But don’t quit trying until you can stop smoking for good. Quit smoking once 2013 opens its doors. Who knows, you might start to enjoy a cigarette-free life.

  • Quit Drinking

Starting the New Year without drinking is hard for some, thanks to the numerous parties on New Year’s Eve. Moreover, most are not prepared to suddenly change their lifestyle. A lot of heavy drinkers cannot just quit. It’s a good resolution to at least stop drinking as much. Moderate your drinking and you’ll be on the right path.

  • Eat Healthier

Eating healthier is also difficult for some, especially those who are not fans of veggies and fruits. But hey, you can just sneak some veggies into your food, and that’s a great start. You can also read some books, or just the lifestyle section of a newsletter to learn healthy cuisines. Who knows? You might find food that can make your mouth water. Besides, you benefit from it too because it’s healthy.

  • Have Some Alone-Time

We all have to take some time alone. Whether it’s a vacation somewhere peaceful, a get-away to the beach, or a spa day, you deserve some rest. Because of the busy lives we live, we tend to forget about ourselves. Take care of yourself: Relax, read a book, listen to music. Give yourself a break.

  • Spend More Quality Time With Family

Of course, once you’re done spending time alone, why not spend time with your family and even special friends. Don’t let work take away your time for socializing. In this busy (and digital) world, it’s very easy to drift apart from each other. We often rush to do something else and tend to forget about those who are close to us who might think that we don’t care anymore. Enjoy some family time, like playing games at night or going on a vacation. Meet up with your friends. You can watch a movie or just go to the mall. That way, you’ll remember that you are still a human being who needs to socialize, and not just a robot at work.

  • Take Away Old or Broken Techs

Since the year is ending, it’s time to throw away old or broken gadgets and get new ones. But hey, that’s harmful to the environment, right? Instead of throwing your old smartphone in the garbage, why not just sell your smartphone online? There are a lot of online refurbishment companies out there that can buy your old phone. You’re not only going to help the environment, but you’ll also earn money! That’s a win-win situation. Sell your smartphone so you won’t add to the increasing electronic waste problem of our country.

  • Find Love

This resolution is, unlike the others, completely arbitrary. You cannot plan it, but at least, you can improve your chances to find love. How can you increase your chances? Well, shut down your computer and go out. Meet new people. Socialize. Who knows? Your future life partner might be waiting just beyond your doorstep. You just have to be at the right place at the right time to find the right partner.

  • Get Organized

If you have experienced stress this year, you might wish for a less stressful 2013. How can we reduce stress? By being organized, of course. Organize your stuff so that you won’t get dizzy with all the things you have. Get a planner. Straighten your life. Organizers are also useful. They’re cheap but very efficient.

Conclusion

There you go! These are the top ten New Year’s resolutions. What are yours? Comment below about what you want to accomplish in 2013.