Happy New Year, everyone! The fireworks have settled, the champagne is gone, the balloons have popped, and it's back to the grindstone this Monday. The resolution season is in full swing as we begin 2017 and you're inevitably dreading February when your resolutions still haven't stuck. Instead of setting the usual "eat healthier, work out more, worry less" ambitious goals, consider incorporating these meaningful habits into your new lifestyle this year.
Take some time out of your busy day to connect with the people around you and make family time a priority. Play a game together or go on a walk around your community. Reconnect with old friends. Go through your address book (or Facebook friends) and reconnect with friends you've lost touch with. Meet your neighbors and form new friendships. DSLD's communities often host community events where you can get to know your neighbors. Keep up with events in your community by following us on Facebook.
2. Be present.
Put away those devices and step away from the remote. Disconnect from technology for a minute and be fully engaged with the world around you. Live in the moment! Take in nature by going on a walk or hike in your area. (Many of DSLD's communities feature walking paths and nature trails!) For more ideas on how to be present in every moment, check out this article from
3. Simplify your life.
Organize and sift through household items, clothes, shoes, and toys you can sell or donate. De-clutter each room in your home and only keep things you truly need and use regularly. For more tips and inspiration to get you motivated, read "Living the Simple Life" by Elaine St. James. If you need more motivation, here's a video on 10 things you can get rid of NOW to get started!
Take some time for yourself more often. The busyness of life can sometimes overshadow our own personal aspirations. Travel to the places you've been wanting to explore. Discover a new hobby or passion you've been wanting to pursue. Refocus on your goals and write them down on paper. Research shows that people who put their goals in writing are more likely to achieve them!
5. Be grateful.
Between our jobs, families, friends, projects, and hobbies, it can be easy for us to take the things we have for granted. Start each day by verbalizing one thing you are thankful for. According to the Harvard, adopting an attitude of gratitude makes people feel all-around happier and more fulfilled! Let us know what your resolutions are in the comments!