Easy to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

I read a jokeEasy to keep New Year's Resolutions. GrandmaIdeas.com today that went like this.

One dog speaking to another dog: What are New Year’s Resolutions?

Second dog to the first: To-do lists for the first week of January.

I got a chuckle out of that. The thing that makes it funny is that it is so true.

People are such interesting creatures. They get all hyped up and set resolutions for the coming year. Then, life happens and within a short time (maybe even just one short week) their resolutions have gone down the toilet.

Does that sound like you?

If so, lemme suggest some New Year’s Resolutions that are easy to keep. Way easy.

Say I love you more. If you’re not used to saying this to your family, practice on your grandkids. Then, work up to saying it to your kids and their spouses. Oh, and be sure to tell YOUR spouse that you love them. You’ll feel good. The other person will feel good.

Don’t set a specific amount to do — like saying it 3 times a day. The key word here is simply more. The more you say it, the easier it becomes.

Give more hugs. There’s something magical about a sincere hug. It bonds two hearts together. Give more hugs to your family. Give more hugs to your friends. Sheesh, you can even give more hugs to the shoe clerk at JC Penny’s. Just hug more. Plain and simple.

Say thank you more often. Heartfelt appreciation goes a long way. And that appreciation doesn’t have to be over huge or big ‘things.’ You can simply tell someone you are thankful they are part of your life. Thank someone for their cheerfulness. Thank a friend for listening.

Smile more. I’ve heard it said that it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown. I don’t know if it’s true or not. But, I do know that most of the time when you smile at someone they return the smile. Be the spreader of smiles. Brighten someone’s day (it could even be yours!) by smiling more.

Party more. Now, before you get your knickers in a twist and think this is a HUGE New Year’s resolution, let me explain what I mean. (Maybe instead of using the word ‘party’ I should have said be more ‘sociable.’) Invite someone to come sit on your patio and have a root beer float with you. (Of course you want to do this in the summer when the weather is nice and during the sub-zero weather we are currently experiencing where I live . . .) Have a simple tea part (of punch and store bought cookies) with your grandkids. Invite friends over for popcorn and a movie, or to play games or cards, or to just to catch up on what’s happening in their lives.

There. I think that if you do only one of these resolutions, your life will be happier. You’ll have special moments that will draw you closer to others who are important in your life. And, you can turn cartwheels knowing that you’ve kept your New Year’s Resolutions!

Dear Reader, as you look to the coming new year, thank you for being a part of my life this year and for reading my blog. Thank you for being a good influence in my life.

I hope that you’ve been able to use one or two of my ideas to do with your grandchildren that has strengthened your relationship and have built fond memories.

I hope that your 2015 will be filled with true happiness, peace, love, and good health.

I wish all the best for you.

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