I am not a fan of New Year's resolutions. I appreciate the sentiment behind them, but I believe most resolutions are doomed to failure. Why? Because resolutions are generally too vague (or extreme) and most people don't know how to create a realistic plan for making them happen.
I think you should give resolutions the boot and try something new in 2014. My recommendation? Make small, sustainable changes that will move you toward your goals of happiness and health instead.
Research shows that new habits are much more likely to last if you take them slow and focus on only one change at a time. In my newly published book One Simple Change, I lay out a plan for readers to make one small change per week. The changes focus on lifestyle adjustment, dietary transformation, and attitude overhaul: There's definitely something for everyone! Make all 50 changes if you wish, or make only the changes that resonate with you. The book is meant to be a guide: nothing is "do or die."
January's right around the corner. It's the perfect time to start working on new habits (just be sure to keep in mind that permanent change does not happen overnight). Here are 10 of my favorite small changes from the book...changes I think everyone should make next year.