Tis the season of soon-to-be-broken promises. Thankfully, self-help guru Gretchen Rubin has hit on a simple trick to make New Year’s resolutions easier to keep…
“New Year’s resolutions: drink less and quit smoking,” Bridget Jones tells Mark Darcy - cigarette in one hand, drink in the other. “Oh, and keep New Year’s resolutions,” she adds apologetically.
We’ve all been there. Annual ambitions to be happier, healthier and just generally better evaporate somewhere between the first January commute and lunch break. So what can we do about it? Well, Gretchen Rubin, aka the self-help guru and host of the Happier podcast, might just have the answer.
Rubin recently launched the #18for2018 challenge – and it’s already proven a hit on social media. The idea is that, rather than setting enormous, impossible goals for the New Year, you should decide on a list of genuinely achievable targets. Gretchen’s own list includes little things like fixing her headphones, and bigger – but still very concrete – projects like setting up a home studio for her Facebook broadcasts.
Instagram users have felt inspired by the new approach and have been sharing their #18for2018 lists online. Here are just a few of our favourites…
The ambitions are the same as normal New Year’s resolutions, but they’re broken down into manageable chunks. For example, one user has resolved to “put someone else first once a week” rather than just deciding to be nicer. Another Instagrammer, meanwhile, has promised to send out 20 birthday cards by post - a concrete way of showing friends how much you value them.
And it goes without saying that there are some seriously beautiful journal designs being shared under the hashtag.
As well as hosting Happier, New York-based Rubin is the author of three best-selling happiness books; Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She’s the queen of the self-help memoir, and an endless source of smart advice on how to make the most of each day. If going back into work this week has made you feel miserable, consider the advice she shared earlier this year on how to work out exactly what the problem with your job is - normally it’s something really specific and fixable.
#18for2018 resolution number one: subscribe to the Happier podcast!
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