3 Science-Based New Year’s Resolutions That Will Dramatically Impact Your New Life

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3 Science-Based New Year’s Resolutions That Will Dramatically Impact Your New Life

Written by: Emilyn Gil

There are few things more sensational than New Year’s Eve. The shouted countdown of each final second of December and everyone filling the early January air with cheers, noisemakers and confetti.

Of course waking up late in the afternoon to clean up leftover soda cans and popped balloons makes the occasion a little more bitter than sweet, but still. It’s only once a year, right?

So now that the party is over, it’s time to talk about your goals, hopes and dreams for 2018. The revered New Year’s resolutions.

Maybe you’ve had them neatly written into your day planner since last April or maybe you’re still in the brainstorming stage. Either way I have 3 science based resolutions that could have a dramatic impact in this new year and the rest of your life.

1. Take The “No Plastic” Pledge



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The world is absolutely full of plastic. Almost anywhere you go and anything you find has some element of plastic in it. What began as a revolutionary invention has now turned into a real issue for mother nature, since it generally takes about 450 years for plastic to completely decompose. You heard right, 450 years. And although there are many out there who have the courtesy to recycle, it has been found that only 5% of the 1 trillion plastic bags used every year are recycled in the United States.

So what can you do?

  • Paper or plastic? Make a small investment in some reusable fabric shopping bags and keep them in the back of your car so you’re ready for every shopping trip.
  • Watch your beverages. Make it a point to purchase your favorite drinks in cardboard and glass containers rather than plastic ones. It’s also a good idea to have a reusable water bottle on hand at all times.
  •  Buy in bulk. Purchase foods such as cereal, pasta and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. Buying in bulk is usually cheaper anyway, so that’s an extra bonus!

2. Eat Less Meat

Vegetarians have it right not only when considering the health benefits, but the environmental benefit as well. About 30% of the land over the entire earth (not including the parts covered in ice) is used for meat farming. And the problem doesn’t end there. For just one quarter pound hamburger, it takes 52 gallons of water, 1,036 BTUs of fossil fuel and 74 square feet of grazing land and feed crops. That’s a whole lot of trouble for a little burger.

So where do you come in?

  • Weekly recipe. Whether you’ve already cut meat completely out of your diet or are just starting, try finding one new vegetarian recipe each week to test out. Your recipe repertoire will grow quick and it will be easier to find something to cook up for next time.
  • Veggie day. If being full vegetarian stresses you out, commit to just one day. Remember, even one less hamburger in the world makes a huge difference.
  • Meat substitutions. There are meat substitutions for almost any recipe and meal. See what you can find and you won’t be able to tell the difference!

3. Read, Read, Read!

We all know that reading is a healthy pastime and a great way to learn new things. But there’s more to it than that. Regular reading has been shown to help slow mental declination in the brain and can significantly reduce stress. It has also shown to help a person empathize more with others. Who doesn’t want some of that action in their life?

So where do you start?

  • Take your book with you. There are always opportunities to read, no matter where you go. Start the habit of bringing your book along everywhere and in most cases you’ll be glad you did.
  • Listen to books. Audio books are a great option especially while in the car. If you listen to books while you travel, I think you’ll be surprised at how much you can read throughout the year!
  • Dedicate reading time. In most cases, priority is everything. If you schedule out a time to read you’ll be much more likely to fit it in without anything else getting in the way. And you’ll always have something to look forward to!

Commit To A Good Year

Make this year a great one by reducing your plastic purchases, eating less meat and making reading a part of your daily routine. Your life will be impacted dramatically and the world around you will be as well.

Share in the comments your commitment to add these three resolutions to your year, or share your own amazing resolutions. This is your year, my friend! Make it one you’ll never forget.

Emilyn Gil

Emilyn Gil

Emilyn Gil is a 22 year old English Major at UVU. She started writing at age 6, and since then has won several awards including the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and was featured in the Kolob Canyon Review in Cedar City. Aside from the written word, her other passions include performing in the occasional musical theater production, and playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Some of her favorite pastimes are baking, napping, and spending time with family. She likes monkeys, homemade rolls, and the color yellow. She has traveled to Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada, and currently resides in Orem, Utah with her husband Jorge. You can find more of her work online at emilyaddn.blogspot.com or on Instagram at @emilyncan.
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