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Dec 29, 2014

6 New Years Resolutions to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

With the new year just around the corner you’re probably thinking about what new years resolutions you plan on setting to keep you healthy and happy in 2015. This year, pick one of these worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here’s to your health!

1. Stay in touch
If you feel like old friends have fallen by the wayside make 2015 the year you reconnect with them. Research suggests that people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. With social media platforms and Skype it’s never been easier to stay in touch – or rejuvenate your relationship with friends and family.

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2. Volunteer
We tend to think our own bliss relies on bettering ourselves, but our happiness also increases when we help others, says Peter Kanaris, PhD, coordinator of public education for the New York State Psychological Association.

There is a direct connection between your health and happiness. A 2010 study found that people with positive emotions were about 20% less likely than their gloomier peers to have a heart attack or develop heart disease. Other research suggests that positive emotions can make people more resilient and resourceful.

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3. Stress less
Having stress is an inevitable part of life but chronic stress can increase your risk of insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and more. Long work hours, little sleep, no exercise, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends can all contribute to stress. Make 2015 the year you stress less by hitting the gym, getting frequent massages, eating healthy and making an effort to connect with friends + family.

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4. Travel
Break away from your daily routine by traveling somewhere you’ve always wanted to see. Traveling makes you feel rejuvenated and replenished. “It gets you out of your typical scenery, and the effects are revitalizing. It’s another form of new discovery and learning and great for the body and soul,” Kanaris says.

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5. Go back to school
Heading back to school can help revamp your career, introduce you to new friends, and even boost your brainpower. At NHI, we offer classes throughout the year so you don’t have to wait to start! In as little as eight months you can have a rewarding career as a massage therapist.

By going back to school you are gaining a sense of accomplishment by gaining new knowledge, and you are out there meeting new people and creating possibilities that were never there before.

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5. Get more sleep
You probably already know that a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your mood and appearance but sleep is more beneficial to your health than you might think.

A lack of sleep can put you at risk for Heart disease, Heart attack, Heart failure, High blood pressure, stroke and Diabetes. It can also age your skin, make you forgetful, make you gain weight, and impair your judgment.

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What New Years Resolution do you have set for 2015? 

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