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Tips, Tips, and More Tips about Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions.

new-years-resolutionFor all of you who make New Year’s resolutions — it’s Day #2! How’s it going?

In case you need a little help making and keeping your resolutions, I’m re-posting a round-up of many posts about resolution-keeping.

Note: Some of you are thinking, “If making some resolution is important to me, sure, I’ll make and keep it, but I don’t do it as a New Year’s resolution. January 1 is just an arbitrary day.” If this describes your view, let me guess–are you a Questioner? It’s crazy to me how often Questioners will make this remark, in almost exactly the same words. Upholders (such as me) usually love New Year’s resolutions.

But I digress.

One thing I’ve learned from my happiness project: keeping resolutions (also known as making habits) is a key to happiness. If you want to make a positive change in your life, you need to figure out what to resolve, and how to keep that resolution.

Because resolution-keeping has been so important to my own happiness project, I’ve written about it several times. So, to give you a boost as you launch your 2014 New Year’s resolutions, here are some of my favorite discussions about resolutions:

Five tips for planning effective New Year’s resolutions.

Twelve tips for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions.

The resolutions NOT to make for your New Year’s resolutions.  (You’ll see that the person interviewed is clearly a “yes” resolver, as discussed in the second post above – in fact, it was her comment here that got me thinking about the distinction between “yes resolvers” and “no resolvers.”)

Should you have goals or resolutions?

A menu of resolutions for your consideration.

Six tips to hold yourself accountable for keeping your resolutions.
Accountability is the essential element for keeping resolutions. Especially for Obligers.

How you, too, can copy Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin inspired the design of my Resolutions Chart, which turned out to be a key part of my happiness project. (If you’d like to take a look at my personal Resolutions Chart, email me here—write “resolutions chart” in the subject line.)

Why I stopped drinking alcohol (more or less). I always get a big response on this issue.

Why NOW is the time to start keeping your resolutions.

The movie “Twilight” inspires me to do a better job with some of my resolutions.
I have to admit, this is one of my all-time favorite posts that I’ve written.

Don’t try to keep that resolution. In which I give up my longstanding resolution to “Entertain more.”

Don’t try to keep that resolution – Part II. In which I realize that giving up the resolution to “Entertain more” actually allowed me to plan a party.

Want to be free from French fries? Or, why abstaining may be easier than you think. This is another one of my favorite posts.

Onward and upward in 2014!

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