3 Smile-Friendly Resolutions for 2016
Every January I brace myself for the rows of magazines surrounding checkout counters offering the best counsel on how to create the “new me” or “start fresh.” Depending on my mood (also depending on where I am with my Christmas-cookie high) the promises of a new beginning can either weigh me down or energize me. Either way, I always set resolutions. In the beginning, I’m excited to take on the challenge, but by Valentine’s Day they often fade away.
I don’t think my resolutions are too far out there. For example, I don’t set goals to hit the gym for 90 minutes everyday to look like Gigi Hadid. In general, I focus my resolutions on my overall health—mental and physical. Past resolutions have included meditating for 20 minutes a day or doing yoga everyday. See? Not too bad.
As I prepared to write this blog post, I asked for some advice on how to keep my resolutions from our resident yoga teacher and achiever-of-all-things (a.k.a. Ashleigh). Her words of wisdom? In order to achieve your goals, follow two guidelines: 1) Set small intentions that you can achieve immediately; and 2) Focus on just a few things.
With those guidelines in mind, I’m setting my small but mighty intentions for 2016.
- Oil pull for 10 minutes every morning. You’re supposed to oil pull for 20 minutes every morning on an empty stomach, however considering my guidelines for intentions, I decided it’s best to smart small and increase over time. While there are several oil pulling benefits that may be in vain—whiter teeth and fresh breath—there other holistic benefits associated with the Ayurvedic tradition. Some of the benefits I found in my research include, improved overall health, clearer skin (look what happened to Becky), decrease in headaches, detox for the body and an increase in energy. The most fascinating benefit I stumbled upon, anecdotally, was oil pulling as a hang over cure. A great intention to kick off on January 1. 😉
- Floss once a day. I know. I know. You’re supposed to floss every day, but in reality I only floss three times a week. In 2016, I’m making an even more conscious effort to take better care of my mouth and overall health by flossing. This intention is possibly the mightiest as daily flossing can add up to 6.4 years to your life, according to Michael F. Roizen.
- Smile more often. Not only are smiles contagious, but they also boost creativity, productivity and train your brain to be more positive. And why not have an intention that shows off the hard work from my other resolutions? So, in 2016 I’m bringing a smile to work every day.
What are your intentions for 2016?