You Say You Want a Resolution: Our Top 10 Changes For 2016

Are you ready for 2016? The New Year is fast approaching and you know what that means: It’s resolution time!

But, rather than a ridiculously ambitious list of resolutions that often lead to failure, guilt and cartons of pistachio ice cream...we’ve set out some very realistic goals for the New Year. Here we go again. Wish us luck.



1)         DRINK MORE

...water. At least 64 oz. per day! Staying hydrated is an easy way to improve your physical and mental health and make you feel well-refreshed all day long.

2)         EXERCISE LESS

...but more effectively. Optimize your workout plan with attainable goals that don’t leave you feeling guilty about not going to the smelly, sweaty gym after a long day at the office. Increase how much you walk on your commute, start running, biking, doing yoga at home. Create a culture of exercise as an enjoyable daily routine that makes you happy instead of a chore.

3)         TELL YOUR BOSS TO SCREW OFF

...the cap of that expensive scotch you bought him. Laphroaig is a classic standby for a single malt scotch from the Islay Isles that never fails to please. There’s more than one way to get to the top!

4)         START SMOKING

…meats and learn to grill like a pro. BBQ ribs, savory steak, pulled pork…or vegetables or tempeh if you are a vegetarian. Everything tastes better slow smoked over a hot fire.  Here’s a quick 101 guide to smoking for beginners from the foodies at Bon Appetit. Make 2016 the year you become a master smoker and spatula-flipping, tong-twirling samurai of the backyard grill.

5)         STOP LEARNING

…all your current events and world news from your Facebook feed. Social media is a beautiful way to connect with people, but social media news feeds are often a self-affirming bubble of opinions from your friends that can create a mirrored world of your own beliefs. Subscribe to a newspaper, broaden your worldview and support real journalists in the field.

6)         INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH

...with eight daily servings of fruit! American Heart Association recommends at least eight or more daily servings of fruit to reduce blood pressure, control weight and maintain a healthy heart. Juicy cantaloupes, pineapples, apples, grapes, oh my! Have you ever contemplated the beauty of a pear? Its texture, its shape, its perfect balance of sweet and tart. It’s an immaculate healthy snack.

7)         SPEND MORE MONEY

…on experiences and charities. Travel and open your heart to people and experiences outside your comfort zone. (Editor’s note: The cheapest tickets abroad are usually during the February-April / September-November off-seasons.) Give when you can to local charities like Rosie’s Place or one of the incredible non-profits in The Fenway neighborhood.

8)         STOP READING

...your e-book or smartphone before you go to bed at night. Clinical studies from Boston’s own Brigham and Women’s Hospital show that the light emitted from electronic devices (especially the daylight blue glow of the iPhone) can seriously affect your quality of sleep and the ability for your brain to produce melatonin. This can lead to restlessness, anxiety, depression, etc. Sound familiar? Read a real book instead and give yourself a rest at night from “screen time.”

9)         TAKE CANDY FROM BABIES

…seriously, they could choke on that.

10)       DON’T CALL YOUR PARENTS

...just show up and visit them! Imagine how happy they’ll be. Because you know they miss you.



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