Bright with promise, a new year is a perfect time to start fresh and establish some new habits. Psychologists recommend that you are more likely to succeed in your resolutions if you keep the following in mind:
- Don’t try to go it alone. Share your goals with a friend or relative that will hold you accountable.
- Set goals that are manageable and achievable in terms of your time and finances.
- Don’t give up too easily. On average, it takes 66 days to form a new habit.
Below are some achievable goals for seniors in 2015, all of which can help to bring you closer to your family members.
- Do you have some family recipes that you have been keeping to yourself? Has your granddaughter been pestering you to show her how you make your famous apple pie? Now is the time to share! Recipes which have been passed down from one generation to the next provide families with a powerful trigger of happy times gathered around the kitchen table, and help keep the memories of those no longer with you alive.
- Set a goal to increase your exercise in the new year. This can be as simple as purchasing a pedometer and vowing to walk a certain number of steps each day. Include your loved ones in your efforts by asking them to join you on walks around the neighborhood or at the local mall.
- Pass the fine art of letter writing down to the next generation by writing letters to some of your loved ones. Vow to send handwritten birthday cards and thank you notes throughout the year as well.
- Learn more about the technology your family is using. Did you know that Fast Company magazine has reported that people age 55 to 64 are the fastest growing demographic on Twitter, with use in that age group increasing by 79% since 2012? Additionally, since 2012, use by that age group has grown 46% on Facebook and 56% on Google+! Even if you are unfamiliar with these technologies, you can learn them. You will bond with a tech savvy family member as they help you set up your accounts, and once you have learned how to use them, you’ll be able to better keep in touch with the younger members of your family.
- Vow to have some tough conversations with your family that you have been putting off. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to draw up a will, name an executor, and discuss plans for your future with your loved ones.