17 One-Sentence Resolutions You Can (And Should) Actually Aspire To In 2017

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1. To do at least one good thing for someone else, every day, with no motivation other than spreading kindness.

2. To be honest about your feelings and to not apologize for having them.

3. To refrain from talking about other people behind their back, and to avoid being judgmental in every way possible.

4. To hit the snooze button less.

5. To say ‘yes’ when you want to and ‘no’ when you need to.

6. To focus on creating happiness within your life now, instead of chasing after it.

7. To make an effort every single day to be a better friend, in one way or another.

8. To stop thinking and talking about all the ways you’re going to explore your creativity ‘someday,’ and to start doing that stuff right now instead.

9. To get the amount of sleep each night that you deserve.

10. To read more actual books, even if it’s just one more book this year than you read last year.

11. To channel your energy and focus into one activity at a time – to just watch a movie when you decide to watch a movie, to only read a book when you want to read a book, to have dinner with your friend with no distractions.

12. To always say ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ or ‘how are you’ to the cashier or the barista or the uber driver before you ask for what you want.

13. To walk more.

14. To spend less time on social media. Not no time, but at least a little less time.

15. To be someone right now that you’ll be proud of in five years from now.

16. To be a source of goodness for everyone around you.

17. To make an effort to be as kind and loving to yourself as you are to everyone else. TC mark

Kim Quindlen

I'm a staff writer for Thought Catalog. I like comedy and improv. I live in Chicago. My Uber rating is just okay.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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