With the New Year approaching, many people are trying to quickly decide on their New Year’s resolutions, and if this year is anything like previous years, which it will be, most of these resolutions will focus on losing weight, eating healthier, saving money or quitting a bad habit.
While making a resolution is a great way to make a much-needed change, people end up failing because they don’t truly want to do what they resolve to do.
So this year, instead of worrying about that extra ten pounds or the lack of money in your savings account, why not focus on you as a person. The following are five ways to be a better you in 2014.
1. Take an art class.
Art is a fun, engaging and intelligent topic. There are so many different kinds of art that you can spend years delving into all of the types and meanings. In order to improve yourself, you can opt to take an art class. Maybe you want to take a class that allows you to draw or paint, or maybe you simply want to brush up on your knowledge of the different eras or styles. No matter which option you choose, taking an art class is a great way to be a better person in 2014.
2. Visit museums regularly.
There are museums of all types all over the world, and you can learn a great deal from simply visiting a museum every now and then. Check out a history museum, an art museum or even a science museum to brush up on your knowledge of certain subjects, time periods, events or whatever it is that interests you. You’ll be amazed at just how much you can learn, and how much you’ll continue to learn, by visiting a museum.
3. Read books.
Simply reading some of the most popular books over time can help to make you a better you for 2014. You can perform a search on the best books of all time and read some of the options that appear, or you can ask friends or family members for their recommendations on great books to read. Reading books can help expand your mind, teach you something new, and give you the ability to hold intelligent conversations with other people who have also read the same books.
There is something so humbling about knowing that you’ve done something good for someone else who truly needs it. If you want to be a better you, take some time out of your schedule and volunteer. You can do any type of volunteer work for any cause you believe in, so take the time to research some local nonprofits and decide which options work best for you.
5. Read some philosophy.
Philosophy is a debatable topic, and reading about philosophy can improve your knowledge and mindset. There are plenty of books about philosophy you can read, podcasts you can listen to, websites you can visit and conversations you can join to learn more about the topic or to get a list of the best philosophers to study.
Terri Walker is a freelance writer, a podcast enthusiast and a busy wife and mother. Rather than listening to talk-radio, Terri loads her iphone with her favorite podcasts for convenient listening while on the go.