6 New Year’s Resolutions for Singles

While the end of the year is a time for reflection and contemplation, it’s also a time to look forward to the year ahead. But instead of making the New Year all about finding someone new, it’s important to shift your focus and energy into finding yourself. Here are the six key resolutions that can single-handedly transform your year ahead in many powerful and positive ways. 

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Commit to a self-improvement project.

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Have you always wanted to learn how to play guitar? Is there a Pilates class that you’ve been thinking about trying but haven’t had the chance? The New Year is the perfect time to find a new hobby and/or pastime that can not only enrich your life, but can open you up to new people and possibilities. When it comes to expanding your interests and passions, the coming year is truly the ideal time to commit to self-improvement and growth. After all, when you resolve to learn a new skill or take on a new challenge, you’ll likely end up learning a lot about yourself.  

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Put yourself out there in new ways.

An important resolution for those who are single is to seize every opportunity to push themselves out of their comfort zone in the New Year. Instead of turning down different social engagements and situations that may come up, you should resolve to say “yes” when it comes to trying new things and opening yourself up to new opportunities. Is there a college alumni mixer in your area? You should go. Did your friend invite you to an opening at an art gallery? You should join her. Even the act of trying new foods and delicacies in the New Year can make it more satisfying and fulfilling in many respects.  

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Adjust your attitude.

When it comes to heading into the New Year without a relationship, you should make sure that you have the right mindset and outlook. In fact, it’s never been more important to be upbeat and optimistic about the coming year and all of the possibilities that it can bring, rather than looking at it through a jaded and shaded lens. If you head into the year ahead with negative thoughts and expectations, this can actually become a self-fulfilling prophecy that can derail the coming year before it even starts. On the other hand, when you decide to stop being a pessimist and a downer, the sky’s the limit. 

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Smile more often.

Along these same lines, the small act of resolving to smile more in the New Year can make a huge impact not only on yourself, but on others well. In fact, when you make a conscious effort to smile, you’ll automatically find yourself in a better and happier state of mind. Plus, the positive energy that you exude can actually draw others toward you. Not only does smiling indicate that you’re energetic and upbeat, but it also makes you more approachable, accessible and attractive to those around you without having to say a word. 

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Pamper yourself.

When looking at the year ahead, it’s also important to resolve to make your personal care and comfort a priority. While you may be used to putting yourself last behind your work, family and/or the other commitments in your life, it’s imperative to make the New Year a time of self-care. Whether you designate time to go to the spa, schedule a weekly massage or simply resolve to go to bed earlier each night, factoring your needs and wants into your busy schedule can help you be your best self in the coming year.

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Leave the past in the past.

Another important resolution is for you to let go of any anger, hostility or animosity that you may harbor against others. Whether this person is a family member, colleague, friend or old flame, resolving to let go of any hurt or pain that he or she may have caused you is especially meaningful for the New Year, as you’re removing this person’s negative impact on your life while simultaneously giving yourself a fresh start. While you don’t necessarily have to forgive and forget, you should make a concerted effort to look towards the future and no longer dwell on the past. If you want to get the New Year off to a great start, it's time to hit your personal restart button.