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One Simple New Year's Resolution 'Changed My Life'

Change starts small, Kristin Hostetter reminds us, as she offers tips for sustainable living

(Newser) - On Jan. 1, 2018, Kristin Hostetter made a New Year's resolution that not only stuck but "changed my life." She decided to swear off single-use plastic bottles, and, as she writes at Outside , "my lips have not touched one since." She simply added a reusable...

The Trick to Resolutions: Don't Aim Too High

Such goals are only meant to 'get you started,' says a social psychologist

(Newser) - It's an annual end-of-year exercise in futility for many. But a clean slate awaits at the stroke of midnight for the next round of resolutions. From the first spray of fireworks to the closing chorus of "Auld Lang Syne" 366 days into the future—2024 is a leap year—it...

No More 'Wear a Tie' Resolutions for Zuckerberg

Facebook boss will focus on the next decade instead

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has decided he has more pressing challenges than remembering to wear a tie to work every day, or even learning Mandarin. So for the first time since 2008, he's not announcing a personal goal for the new year. Instead, the Facebook boss will concentrate on the big...

Zuckerberg Reveals His 2019 Personal Challenge

He'll have a role in debates on future tech 'every few weeks'

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg set the lofty goal to "fix" Facebook in 2018 . "Proud of the progress we've made" but with work still to do, he's now eying the tech industry at large, reports CNN . "My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions...

The Benefits of 'Dry January' Last for Months and Months

A New Year's resolution worth trying?

(Newser) - If you're still deciding on New Year's resolutions and pondering whether "Dry January"—that would be 31 days with no alcohol—is worth adding to the list, new research out of the UK suggests the answer is yes. The University of Sussex heard from 816 people...

The Best, Worst Cities for Sticking to Resolutions

Salt Lake City is best, Detroit is worst: WalletHub

(Newser) - It takes only weeks for 80% of people to drop their New Year's resolutions, per US News , but whether you're among that group may depend on where you live. To determine the best and worst cities for residents to keep resolutions, WalletHub analyzed a host of data on...

Mark Zuckerberg Wants You to Run With Him

365 miles, specifically

(Newser) - Building an AI butler to run his home is apparently not quite enough of a challenge for Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO on Monday evening wrote that he has "a physical challenge for 2016 as well": run 365 miles. And he'd like you to do it with him....

Your New Year's Resolutions Are Just Helping the 1%

'Our anxiety is their revenue opportunity,' says William Davies

(Newser) - If your New Year's resolution has to do with fitness, your self-improvement goals may or may not help you to improve—but they will most definitely improve the situations of the already-rich, writes William Davies in Salon . "There is ... a particular affinity between consumer culture and that January...

Help Pick Mark Zuckerberg's 'New Year's Resolution'

Or, as he calls it, a 'personal challenge' for 2015

(Newser) - If you have too many awesome New Year's resolution ideas to use them all yourself, consider giving one to Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook founder commits himself to one "personal challenge" each year, and for 2015, he's asking for help. "I'm crowdsourcing ideas for my next...

This New Year, Figure Out What You're Worth
This New Year, Figure Out What You're Worth

This New Year, Figure Out What You're Worth

Michelle Singletary: Your net worth might not be as great as you think it is

(Newser) - The economy is chugging right along , interest is cheap, jobs are there for the taking, and Americans ... have apparently learned nothing from 2008, because with a new year looming, a pair of surveys shows that only about one in three of us are setting financial objectives. And while losing 10...

Woman Survives on Nothing but Starbucks for a Year
Woman Survives on Nothing but Starbucks for a Year

Woman Survives on Nothing but Starbucks for a Year

If you're thinking 'why,' well, she has an answer for you

(Newser) - You and your New Year's resolution have nothing on a 40-year-old Seattle woman, who not only set a fairly insane goal in advance of Jan. 1, 2013—eat absolutely nothing but food sold at Starbucks for a year—but actually achieved it . The New York Daily News reports that...

Why a 'Dry January' Is a Bad Idea
 Why a 'Dry January' 
 Is a Bad Idea 

Why a 'Dry January' Is a Bad Idea

...Assuming you're an alcoholic

(Newser) - Thinking of giving up booze for the month after a hedonistic holiday season? Well, you might be an alcoholic making a big mistake, writes Tom Sykes at the Telegraph . As a recovering alcoholic, Sykes should know. "I managed several sober Januaries, and they became an important weapon in my...

Your New Year's Resolution: 10 Apps for That

For those of us who need a little help

(Newser) - So you went ahead and made one or two of those New Year's resolutions people are so fond of making and so bad at keeping. But this year, Time rounds up 10 apps to help you lose weight, exercise more, budget, better manage your time, or whatever you've...

New Year, New Diet? Make a Real Resolution Instead

CNN offers better options for mental and physical fitness

(Newser) - It's that wondrous time of the year when lots of us embark on that annual exercise in futility known as the New Year's resolution to drop a couple of pounds. But there are plenty of different, more achievable goals that can have you feeling better next year—and...

How to Make Better New Year's Resolutions

Aim to do less, not more: researchers

(Newser) - Let us guess: Your New Year's resolution is to learn a new language, do yoga three times a week, or read a book a day. Well, according to Princeton psychologist Eldar Shafir and Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan, those are exactly the sorts of resolutions you shouldn't be making....

How to Read 365 Books in 2013
 How to Read 
 365 Books 
 in 2013 

How to Read 365 Books in 2013

Jeff Ryan did it without shirking daily duties

(Newser) - A book a day, every day, from tomorrow to next New Year's Eve: Sounds impossible, right? Well, Jeff Ryan managed it in 2012—without giving up his job or his family duties, he writes in Slate . Of course, he tweaked the rules a little; some days, he wouldn't...

Personal Finance Tips for 2013
 Personal Finance Tips for 2013 

Personal Finance Tips for 2013

Stop eating out, haggle with your cable company, and 'imagine you're dead'

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has some "smart money" tips on how to save in 2013:
  • Stop eating out: That $10 sandwich you ate for lunch today would have cost $2 if you made it at home. Unless you earn $96 an hour after taxes, then you should think about

New Dad's Goal: Full Year of Kind Acts

Ryan Garcia pledges to perform 366 generous deeds in 2012

(Newser) - When Ryan Garcia and his wife welcomed their new baby into the world last year, Ryan got inspired to begin what the Dayton Daily News calls "a kindness revolution." He resolved for the entire year of 2012 to perform a random act of kindness every day. “I...

10 Things to Help Get You Through New Year's Eve

A love for bad champagne and mini hot dogs will help

(Newser) - Ahh, New Year’s Eve. A holiday filled with inappropriately sparkly dresses and unnecessarily large quantities of tiny, tiny appetizers. On the Huffington Post , Alida Nugent lists 10 things you’ll need to get through “this sloppy and not-really-monumental occasion”:
  • That cocktail dress: In addition to the sparkles, it

20 Resolutions You Can Actually Achieve
 20 Resolutions You 
 Can Actually Achieve 
new year's do-over

20 Resolutions You Can Actually Achieve

Breaking down large goals makes them more realistic

(Newser) - New Year’s resolutions to lose 20 pounds, clean out all your closets, and cut your grocery budget in half not quite working out? That’s likely because your goals are too large. Here are 20 tasks you can accomplish, all of which are “no more challenging than reaching...

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