• Melissa Kartini

5 New Year's Resolutions That Anyone can Keep

Part of the reason why the majority of us fail to keep our New Year's resolutions is because we have simply set the bar a bit too high. Really, how many of us would succeed in keeping a resolution where we'd vow to exercise five times a week--when prior to this, we have never lifted a finger to do so?

See what I mean?

While there isn't anything wrong with being ambitious, it is best to set more realistic goals. Start with something small and before you know it, you'll soon have the discipline to tackle the tougher ones.

Here are five New Year's resolutions that anyone can keep:

Ask more questions

This might seem like an overly simple, perhaps even needless resolution, but it is actually something that can contribute greatly to your life. By asking more questions, not only will you gain more knowledge, you would also seem more interested in others--thereby making it easier to form friendships.

Save money on groceries

Do you really need to buy name brand products? More often than not, store brand items are just as good as name brand items, with the added plus of being a heck of a lot cheaper as well! If you're looking for a major hack when it comes to saving money, this is the gold mine right here.

Dine out less

Here's yet another easy money-saving resolution. The benefits of dining in has been talked about repeatedly, and there's a damned good reason for this. That said, it is also repeatedly talked about because we Malaysians just can't help but to love to lepak and yumcha all night after work. If, however, you are willing to make a bit of a change to your schedule, this is worth trying out.

Take your coffee black

Here's the thing about taking your coffee black: it only amounts to less than 5 calories, whereas taking it with milk and sugar can easily spike it to a jaw-dropping 100 calories! So really, there isn't any reason not to take your coffee black other than the flavour. If you really can't stand the taste, though, give a light roast a try. Maybe something like Starbucks’s Veranda blend: it’s sweeter and naturally more caffeinated.

Donate more

There's no better feeling than the feeling of helping those in need. So if you are able to afford it, this is something you might want to consider. The best part? It requires almost no effort from your side. If you can't give money, though, time counts as well. Look into volunteering to do your part--trust me, it might not seem like much, but it'll go a long way in making someone else's day.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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