History of making res­o­lu­tions

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you’re not the type to sit still and fo­cus in to­tal si­lence, you can try walk­ing med­i­ta­tion, tai chi, or yoga. I set my phone alarm for 2 p.m. ev­ery day. When it sounds, no mat­ter what I’m do­ing, I fo­cus on at least five breaths. It’s amaz­ingly help­ful.

Fi­nally, con­sider what history has to say. The habit of making res­o­lu­tions be­gan thou­sands of years ago. Baby­lo­ni­ans and Ro­mans were re­quired to an­nu­ally pledge al­le­giance to their em­peror and prom­ise the gods they’d make amends for hurt­ing oth­ers. The lat­ter is in­spir­ing. Years ago, a se­verely over­weight couple came to see me to help them be­gin eat­ing health­ier. My prescription? I in­sisted they vol­un­teer at a food kitchen for the home­less. They started los­ing weight im­me­di­ately. When we help relieve the suf­fer­ing of oth­ers, we be­come much more com­pas­sion­ate with our­selves.

So, three res­o­lu­tions: Learn the prac­tice of mind­ful­ness, start ex­er­cis­ing, and find a way to ac­tively relieve the suf­fer­ing of oth­ers.

Cliff Bostock, PhD, is a long­time At­lanta food critic and for­mer psy­chother­a­pist who now prac­tices life coach­ing for cre­ative types; 404-518-4415.

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