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Fresh perspective on New Year’s Resolutions

January 13, 2020
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Welcome to 2020!  Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months.  Are you one of those?

The main reason that people don’t stick to their resolutions is that they set too many or they’re unrealistic to achieve.

Why don’t you try something new?!  A More/Less List.

A More/Less List is exactly that – a list of things you’d like to do ‘more of’ and ‘less of’ in the coming year. Think of it as the gentler, more easy-going version of New Year’s resolutions. For example, include more veggies, good sleep, listening, documentaries and volunteering and less meat, chocolate, small talk, procrastinating and assumptions.  (It’s OK – I said less chocolate not no chocolate)!

New Year resolutions, or trying to come up with them, can feel overwhelming and we can also feel pressure to keep them. A More/Less List is kinder. Writing one requires a few small baby steps – you can simply jot down a few key words or everyday tasks you’d like to strive to do more or less of in your day-to-day life to support your wellness program.

The trick is to keep your list short and based around actions and tangible things. For example, ‘losing weight’ doesn’t fit, but walking or Pilates does. Then, stick your list somewhere you’ll see it daily like on your laptop, your fridge or the back of your phone.

A great way to create meaningful connections to support your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others in our community (plus check a couple of those items off your ‘more’ list) is to make an impact through volunteering with Be.

Feel free to share your More/Less List with us on our Facebook Page and we can empower others to feel good too.

Happy New Year!

For inspiration to write your own More/Less List, visit

Source: Amy Clark, Mamamia

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