It’s that time of year again when people make resolutions for the New Year. If you’re like most people, you probably have a few ideas about what you’d like to change about yourself (or your life.)

But it can be tough to follow through on resolutions, especially if you don’t have a plan. That’s why we’ve put together this list of ten ways to make 2022 a better year. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you achieve your goals and make the coming year your best yet!

Travel

There are many reasons why traveling is beneficial for your personal growth. Not only do trips allow you to experience another culture, they allow you the chance to see how other people are living and what challenges they may be facing.

This can increase your empathy for others, inspire new ideas about how to solve certain problems and open up opportunities for even more experiences abroad in the future.

More importantly, traveling allows us to reinforce our identity as global citizens by seeing that we are not alone in this world. It’s important to remember that whether we like it or not, our fates are connected. Our actions can have unintended consequences that affect who lives on this planet — for better or for worse.

Lastly, traveling can be a great way to strengthen relationships with friends and family. If you plan your trip at the right time you could even surprise them by showing up at their doorstep after already having taken off.

Get outside and appreciate nature

Spending time in green spaces is one of the most relaxing activities you can do. Sure, we owe a lot to our technology and scientific advancements for improving our lives but that doesn’t mean we should always be staring at some artificial light instead of taking notice of what’s going on all around us.

Going on long walks or hikes through open fields isn’t just healthy, it also reduces stress and anxiety. And if that wasn’t reason enough to get out there, studies show that green spaces foster creativity and even improve memory.

Plan a trip with some friends and make some great memories while simultaneously protecting the environment.

Join a community

One of the easiest ways to meet new people and build community is by joining a group that has similar interests as you. And if those interests consist of reading, crafting, or anything else related to self-fulfillment, all the better. Whether it’s writing your book or learning how to sew clothes, there are plenty of ways to get into something that will benefit your life.

Limit screen time

Our society’s dependence on technology has gone from bad to worse over the years.

But you can deliberately decide to use your phone just as a tool.

If you’re not already, try turning off your phone every once in a while and living life like it wasn’t the 21st century at all. Go out for walks or take naps without checking Facebook; you might find that you enjoy your time away from your computer much more than expected.

Advocate political involvement

Voting is one of the best ways to create positive change and yet less than half the eligible population votes every year.

While we might not be able to vote on certain issues, such as who sits on our local city council or how much money our country should spend cleaning up the environment, there are plenty of other actions we can take to improve life for ourselves and those around us.

Showing up at protests or writing letters to our government officials will let them know that we care and it could make a difference.

Live minimally

It used to be popular for people to adopt minimalistic lifestyles by getting rid of nearly everything they owned and living out of a backpack. While this style of life might work for some people, it’s not the only way to have less in your life.

You can also cut down your expenses by reducing how often you eat out, getting rid of cable TV, or even just calling up your service providers to ask for better deals on what you already have. It may seem small but every little bit counts when it comes to bringing the cost of living down.

Take a break from social media

Social media is great for keeping up with friends and finding out what’s going on in their lives but it can also make you feel like everyone else has a more glamorous life than you do.

If you ever find yourself feeling jealous or inadequate, take a step back and realize that those people only put their best pictures and videos on Facebook while leaving everything else out of the public eye.

All those vacation photos were taken over several days; those perfect last-minute Halloween costumes didn’t just happen overnight. And as for those “inspirational” quotes about how successful everyone else is…well, they may have been written by someone who’s trying to help their followers become better people.

Eat more vegetables

Everyone knows that vegetables are full of important vitamins and nutrients but did you also know they can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, certain types of cancer, and even premature death?

And while some people may turn their nose up at veggies like broccoli or kale there are plenty of other options to choose from. Have you ever tried adding grated zucchini to pasta sauce? Or maybe making a fresh batch of salsa with tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro…the list goes on.

Actively make the world around you a better place

Whether you like it or not, global warming is real and its effects are being felt all around us. This means our actions have a direct influence on the earth’s environment and if we don’t take responsibility for this fact, there can be some serious consequences.

It may seem overwhelming to try and tackle such a big problem right now but the truth is that acting locally holds more power than you could imagine.

Each time you choose to ride your bike instead of using your car, you’re directly contributing to cleaner air since transportation accounts for about 1/5th of greenhouse gas emissions in America. Even better though, you’ll get some exercise while doing so. Meaning you’ll improve both your health AND the environment.

Final thoughts

As we’ve entered a new year, it’s important to reflect on what went well in the past and how you can make things better going forward. We hope these 10 ways will help jumpstart your New Year’s resolutions for 2022.

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