Health & Spirit

Go Deeper... and Live a Big, Juicy Life

Marilynn Preston on

All the research circles back to the same fascinating/terrifying conclusion: New Year's resolutions are made to be broken. No one keeps them. It's now a month into 2018: Do you even remember what your resolution was?

I'm pretty sure mine involved potato chips.

Relax! Finger-pointing and guilt-mongering, while still part of my cultural heritage, are wildly counterproductive when it comes to lasting lifestyle change. But I have good news for you: As I wrote in "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being," failing to stick to a New Year's resolution may not be your fault. It could be the resolution. Maybe it's too shallow for you.

You might do better latching on to a genius's resolution, one that takes you deeper, and leads you to real growth and lasting transformation instead of constant failure (and, in the end, even bigger bags of potato chips).

"At the start of every year, humanity sets to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones," Maria Popova reminds us on her splendid literary luscious website, Brain Pickings (http://www.brainpickings. org).

Popova suggests we do what genius's do -- create resolutions with more meaning, more depth.


And how do we do that? "Through the refinement of our mental, spiritual and emotional habits -- which often dictate our physical ones."

Here are three favorites from Popova's master list of Really Smart People's Resolutions. If you see one that sparks joy, go for it. You've got the next 11 months to remember it... and see what happens.

WALK AND BE MORE PRESENT (Henry David Thoreau)

It's one thing to resolve to walk more. It's a leap forward to challenge yourself to stay in the moment as you walk, without listening to music or audiobooks, without your mind straying to something in the past or future.


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