After the countdown, the ball drops, there’s a big celebration, and the next morning, we wake up to a brand new year. It’s a chance to start fresh with a clean slate. Thinking about making big changes on January first can be a bit daunting. So instead of making new year’s resolutions that seem impossible to keep, I’m focusing on small things that can lead to a big difference.
Here are a few things that I want to do this year. Best of all, they only take a few moments, but do wonders for your body, mood and relationships.
Brighten someone’s day
One of the easiest things to do that has a profound impact is to pay someone a compliment. It brings me joy to see my daughter Alea’s face light up when I praise her for trying her best. According to a recent study, a compliment not only puts a smile on someone’s face, it can boost their immune system and improve relationships and job performance. When given genuinely, it can spark so much positive energy, it’s magical.
Drink to your health
My mom has always told me to drink more water. Of course, she is right to say so. Our bodies are about 70% water and every cell is composed of water. This year, I’m going to place a beautiful glass of water on my desk. It will serve as a visual reminder to hydrate and replenish my body. This small act has countless benefits such as improving the complexion, increasing energy and flushing out toxins.
Make meals meaningful
When I was in Japan, I noticed that people start every meal with a short phrase: itadakimasu. I later learned that besides being considered good manners, it expresses gratitude. It’s a simple yet beautiful gesture I want to adopt. Next time I sit down for a meal, I’m going to pause before taking a bite to take in the beauty of the food that I’m about to enjoy. Focusing on the things you do have with gratitude is said to improve your well-being and reduce stress.
I hope you will join me in making this year about small things that make a big difference. I’ll have more tips to share as we go on this journey together. What are some things you want to do to make a meaningful difference? I’d love to hear from you.