It’s as American as apple pie. The ball drops and the pads of paper appear. Ready for lists of improvements to be made in the year to come. The build up to the new you: thinner, healthier, more productive, and successful. Overall just better.

And then comes the inevitable: failure. According to Forbes magazine, only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

This year, let’s do it a little differently. Instead of focusing on restricting ourselves and berating ourselves over “bad behavior,” let’s take a look at the positive side of so-called bad habits. And resolve to do them even more.


1. Resolve to Procrastinate More

According to a study in Science Daily, brief diversions help to improve focus. Frequent breaks – for coffee, to chit-chat with co-workers, to play your turn in Words with Friends – will improve your performance in the long term. So the next time you’re faced with a tough task, don’t force yourself to plunge through. Take a few breaks to clear your head. And forgive yourself for them.


2. Resolve to Drink More Wine

By now, we’ve all heard the health benefits of drinking red wine in moderations: lower rates of heart attack, lower rates of diabetes, longer lifespan. However, too much moderation will leave you with too few benefits. The answer? Drink more. According to Dr. Eric Rimm, associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, it is healthier to imbibe one to two drinks every other day than to drink moderately only on weekends. The science behind it shows that alcohol reduces the risk of blood clotting, but the effect lasts only for one day. Therefore, drinking one to two glasses of red wine every other day would be optimum in keeping the risk of blood clots low. I’ll drink to that.

3. Resolve to Ditch Modesty

Stop worrying about seeming “stuck up” or “conceited” to well-intentioned compliment- givers. When someone pays you a compliment, try to get in the habit of smiling and saying, “Thank you,” before your habit of dismissing it takes over. Do this for the little ones underfoot who are always watching and listening, so that someday, when someone tells your daughter she is pretty, she will know how to accept a compliment gracefully, instead of brushing it off with, “I’m a mess.”


4. Resolve to Eat More

Instead of restricting yourself by dieting, try adding one healthy food to your diet each day. “The concept is to ‘crowd out’ the less healthy food,” says holistic health coach Elizabeth Riordan. “When you add more whole foods to what you already eat, the processed comfort foods will slowly disappear from your daily diet.” Start by adding one dark, leafy green to your diet, By adding broccoli (raw or cooked) as a snack or a side to your meal, you will feel more satiated. A satisfied appetite automatically curbs “bad cravings.” This lifestyle change will begin to build a healthier body and immune system. Have patience with yourself. The concept of restriction most often leads to binge eating.


5. Resolve to Spend More Time on Social Media

Plenty of ink has been spilled on the risks of screen time, from encouraging a sedentary lifestyle, to cyber bullying and the proliferation of sexual predators. However, the health benefits can be plentiful if you know where to look. According to, social media facilitates social interaction, community building, normalizes help-seeking behavior and can inspire healthy lifestyle changes by offering ideas and support. What’s not to “like”?