New Year, New You: 5 Free, Easy, and Life-Changing New Year Goals You Can Start Doing Right Now

If you’re like the millions of people who pick a new year’s resolution only to break it a month later, then maybe it’s time to rethink how you look at resolutions. For starters, ditch the word ‘resolution’. Resolutions were made for breaking so instead, let’s talk about goals: goals for the new year and a new you. Here are some easy, practical New Year goals that will make you a better person in 2013 and beyond.

New Year Goals for a New You

1. Read more. Turn off the TV and pick up a book (or an e-reader). Getting rid of all of that background noise, the commercial jingles, and bad sitcoms and dramas for a book will keep you calmer and make you a better conversationalist. Need a great read to kick it off? Try Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a page-turner that you’re sure to finish in just a couple of days.

2. Learn Portuguese. why Portuguese? Because it’s ranked the number one language to help you gain a job. Yep, Portuguese! Because Brazil is quickly becoming an economic powerhouse that will rival the US, knowledge of this beautiful language will quickly get you ahead. Plus it won’t hurt to have it at the upcoming World Cup and Olympic Games, both held in Brazil. “Portuguese is the third most spoken language in the Western hemisphere – only behind English and Spanish. There are more Portuguese speakers than French, German or Italian speakers.” says President of Brazil in Chicago Language School, Marcelo Jarmendia.

3. Know Thy Neighbor. If there’s one thing we should learn from the horrible tropical storm Sandy, it’s the importance of knowing your neighbor. Many New Yorkers got to know their neighbors for the first time because of the storm but it shouldn’t take a devastation to do what was common practice in the good ol’ 50′s. Make it a goal to stop by and introduce yourself. The easiest way of doing that is to bring them a little gift (chocolates, wine, fruit). Who knows, you may make a new BFF and even if you don’t, knowing your neighbors may come in handy one day.