5 Unusual New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make – and Keep

Many of us at Moloney Funeral Homes have made New Year’s resolutions as a way to say, “I’m going to improve my life this year – and here’s how!” Yet studies show that less than 10 percent of resolution-makers manage to stick with them for more than a few months. Our Moloney care team is here to change that, and here’s why embracing life and change is so important to us.

Group Of Seniors Enjoying Dancing Club TogetherWorking with our neighbors in Lake Ronkonkoma, Holbrook, and Central Islip to plan funerals, visitations, and receptions gives us a special perspective on life. We meet with people during some of their most difficult times and that makes it easier to keep our priorities in order and avoid “sweating the small stuff.”

As you look at the next 365 days and think of manageable ways to make 2020 a great year, consider these ideas.

  1. Learn something you never learned as a child.

Maybe you’ve never learned how to swim or change a tire or sew on a button. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try dancing, playing chess or an instrument, or riding a horse. We all have something – a skill or activity – we never learned as a child. Now’s the time to try!

  1. Take the stairs whenever possible.
    We found this interesting: A study in the journal Physiology & Behavior found that 10 minutes of stair walking increased energy more than drinking a caffeinated soda or half a cup of coffee. Talk about a small way to increase physical activity at home, at work, or while running errands.
  1. Try a new food each month.
    It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the foods we eat. Make an effort to sample something new, particularly fruits and vegetables you’ve never tasted. Take a stroll through the grocery store to see what catches your eye.
  1. Buy plants for your living space or office.
    woman watering flowers at homeThis may not seem like a resolution per se, but incorporating more houseplants has interesting benefits. Caring for plants is calming and lowers blood pressure, and having plants around reduces fatigue, sore throats and colds, and increases concentration and happiness. Who knew? If you were already aware of why you need more plants in your life, this resolution may be the boost to purchase them.
  1. Find a way to get outside every day.
    Winter in Port Jefferson Station, Bohemia, Center Moriches, and Hauppauge is heavy on the clouds and snow. Not exactly weather that beckons us outdoors. This is why we make it a point to head outside every day – even for just a few minutes at a time – to let the dog out (our grief therapy dog, Kota, is a great motivator!), walk around the block, or get the mail. The natural sunlight, fresh air, and exercise have countless benefits, and make bundling up worth it.

As you look at your year ahead, we hope you’re filled with joy and anticipation about what’s to come. As always, our caring team is here to help you in whatever way we can.  If you’ve been thinking about preplanning your own funeral arrangements or could use support as you experience a difficult time, please reach out to us.