【明報專訊】Hello 2019! "The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals," writes Melody Beattie, an American self-help author. Whether or not we realise, most people do have a habit of making new year's resolutions. However, goals are often easier to set than to keep. This year let's make a difference by choosing one of the below four (or all) resolutions that only require small efforts but will make a huge difference in your life!
Have real friends
A recent study shows mean friends are actually better friends, for that making people feel bad can be a strategy for helping them. Do you have any friends who will tell you the cruel truth risking your friendship and will stick with you through thick and thin? If yes, they are your real buddies! Just like the crew in Titans, each having their own problem, alone they are broken, but when they unite, they form a strong bonding together to fight villains.
Own Less, live More
With Chinese New Year just one month away, many might have started to clean up their houses according to the rituals. Have you discovered things that you have never used? It may be time to learn from Japanese organising consultant — Tidying up with Marie Kondo! When you find small souvenirs that should be retired but you couldn't because they contain so much memories, ask yourself, "What sparks joy in your life?" Is it the object itself, or the meaning it carries? Will you lose the memory of it if you throw it away? By asking yourself these questions, you will find yourself having more than you thought you had despite owning less.
Turn your weakness into strength
How well do you know yourself? Can you name your biggest weakness that stands in your way to success? It could be small: Maybe you have a tendency to procrastinate. You fail to show up on time. Or you find it hard to turn down others... Face it like Otis in Sex Education, an inexperienced and socially awkward teen reluctant and embarrassed to acknowledge his expertise in sex due to his mom's profession as a sex therapist, who later set up an underground sex clinic at school to help his peers — you never know when your biggest weakness will turn into your strength!
Reconnect with your family
Having a fast-paced life, Hongkongers like living their lives to the fullest. Our schedule is often packed, with our study and our jobs, meeting with friends, going to the gym or shopping, etc. But when is the last time you put your phone aside and savour the time spent with your family? It is never too late to reconnect with your family! Be like the prince (portrayed by Ju Ji-hoon) in Kingdom, an upcoming Netflix Korean period drama. Estranged from his deceased father, he decides to stand up for his oldman and his kingdom by finding out what causes his father's death.