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10 Realistic Suggestions for Alternative New Year Resolutions


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Emmanuella Ekokotu
Ekokotu Emmanuella is a sociologist and Anthropologist, writer, and fashion model who lives in Benin city, Edo state,Nigeria.

We can agree that New year resolutions are the most cliche and tedious, so don’t you think it’s time to mix things up a bit? Here, we have put together ten realistic suggestions for alternative new year resolutions.


1.  Get Your Photo Taken In Five beautiful Places

If you love to travel but haven’t been able to visit the places on your list, this new year may be the best time to see more of the world you live in.

Make it a resolution to visit at least five places around the world or in your city, depending on what your wallet tells you. To make it memorable, take a beautiful picture in each of these places.

I could give several suggestions on places you should consider visiting, but let’s leave that to your instincts. Remember not to go overboard with your spending on each trip, so you don’t get discouraged.

Because the world is your oyster, there’s no limit to the beautiful places waiting to welcome your awesome.

2. Learn A Decent Party Trick

So, this might not be the story for every single person, but I have noticed I’m able to do several fantastic stuff after a few bottles of my favorite beer.

If you’re on that boat too, then it’s probably time to try out that party trick without alcohol. You may be amazed to find out it’s not as difficult as you thought.

If you don’t fall into the category of people who do magic only after a few bottles, you could just decide to learn a party trick you find interesting.

There are tons of tricks out there waiting for the perfect person to show them off, and this is the right time for you to be that person.

No matter how uninteresting you think you are,  a simple party trick may be all you need to learn for the world to be impressed. Try learning to spell ten big words backward in a few seconds.


3. Break A Record

Sometimes, it’s not as if we lack confidence; it’s just that we need some little something to boost it up.

So, one of the best ways to boost your confidence may be to break a record. Don’t assume breaking a record means doing something no one else has done.

If you can do that, fine, but if you can’t, all you need do is break a personal record. It could be breaking a workout record; It could be losing the most weight you’ve ever lost and getting your dream body or making a delicious dessert in a few minutes.

Whatever record you choose to break, make sure that it doesn’t push you to harm yourself or pressure yourself too much.

Besides, there are so many records out there waiting to be broken. And honestly, some of them are not even worth the energy people put into breaking them, but still, they got broke. Boost your confidence in the new year by achieving that title.

4. Make A New Friend A Month

Recently, people have been all about not wanting a large circle and doing away with fake friends and all that stuff.

Nobody wants to be surrounded by people with bad energy, but that isn’t an excuse to be without friends. It is a fact that friends are healthy for you, and the more friends you have around you, the happier you are.

Take your time to make good friends in the coming year. The goal is to make at least one friend a month, and twelve by the end of the year.

Meeting new people and communicating better with them could open doors for you and even help you learn more about yourself. You make friends from other places around the world and share experiences via social media.

Be the positive energy you want, and see how you attract more people with similar mindset.


5. Develop A Good Relationship With Your Body

I think almost everyone has a new-year resolution that, in one way or another, are linked to improving their looks or posture.

Your body is the only home you’ve got to live in, so you must take good care of it. This new year, make it a duty to show yourself all the love you deserve.

Loving and caring for your body is a great way to fix most of life’s problems. When you look and feel good, you become bolder and more confident wherever you go. If you need to put in some weight, do it with a healthy diet.

And if you must shed a few pounds, hit the gym alone or with friends and cut the junk out of your diet. No matter how you look, loving yourself and feeling either handsome or beautiful is excellent for your mental health.

6. Learn Something You Never Learned As A Child

You may be the CEO of 5 companies, own houses everywhere, be a great chef, and do so many adult stuff correctly, but can you fly a kite?

A-ha! Sounds childish and hilarious, but these are the little things that make life beautiful for most people.

Being a child doesn’t necessarily mean being small and having a mommy to make you breakfast and do your laundry, you can be grown up and still be a child at heart. This year, I’m going to learn how to ride a bike, and I don’t care how funny I look while at it.

Some of you don’t even know how to spell ‘necessary’ right. This is the time to learn those ‘big’ spellings once and for all. There are apps to help you if you don’t want to do the pen, notepad, and dictionary thing.

7. Try A New Food Each Week

Did you cut some foods out of your diet this year? Don’t repeat that in the coming year. I understand that more people are trying to lose weight than gain weight, so eating something new every week may not be on your to-do list.

Well, I love to try fresh foods from around the world,  and cooking them is the most exciting part for me. It would be nice to taste something new every weekend, and it doesn’t have to be something fattening. Have you ever eaten a sycamore fruit?


This is the best time to try it. Look for a new fruit or vegetable to try or visit a local restaurant where they sell foods you’ve never tasted before. Oh! You can drink something you’ve never tried before.

8. Make The Usual An Unusual

It is straightforward to get bored when you do the same thing every day of your life.

Sometimes it is not your fault that you get bored or never have anything new to do for a change, but in the new year, you can fix that.

Spice things up this year but vowing to do something new every day, whether you’re at home or in the office. Something unique that you can do is to put on different underwear, maybe silk underwear for a change.

You could start a new skincare routine, or watch a different genre of movie every night or every weekend. If you love movies, you can surf the net for new music from around the world and enjoy how different they sound compared to what you are used to.

Do you play video games, look for the best video games for Xbox or for android smartphones. Put on those diamond earrings you’ve been saving for months now, or put in that sexy dress and take yourself out.

You could also try a bar of new fancy chocolate or cake with your favorite wine.

9. Sort Out At Least One Financial Worry

Number 9 on our list of realistic suggestions for alternative new year resolutions, is sorting out a financial worry.

If you want to start your year with a bang, the best way to do so is making moves to sort out a financial situation. Getting financially stable is not easy, but it’s also not impossible. Everyone has that thing they can do without if they set their mind to it.

You may have to cut down your spending so you can fix a financial issue this new year. Get out of debt, pay off some bills, get a saving account where you keep emergency funds, or even get a piggy bank.


Money is essential, and you don’t want to be embarrassed when you don’t have any of it. Try DIYing a lot of stuff, like your beauty products; you can grow some vegetables, or even walk to the office instead of taking a taxi if that’s possible.

10. Do Something Nice For Others Every Day

Most of our new-year resolutions are usually focused on ourselves. This fine, try doing something different like putting a smile on the faces of random people.

There are many ways to make the world a better place, and putting others first sometimes is one of them. You could give a simple compliment to a random person, or just offer a helping hand to a neighbor.

Being if help to people can make you be a better version of yourself.

Enjoy your holidays, and consider a few of our realistic suggestions for alternative new year resolutions.

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