Spring arrives today at 23:21 UTC (for those of us in America that's 6:21pm Eastern Daylight Time).
Today is the perfect day to start a "New Year's Resolution."
Because, starting a New Year's Resolution in January, the most depressing month of the year, is unproductive, and, therefore,... depressing when you fail.
So, why not start all the healthy and productive ideas you've been having now?
You most likely tried to do these things on January 1st and then failed a week or two into it.
But now you have the sun!
You're no dummy. You already know that sunlight is a natural anti-depressant, and that lack of sunlight causes depression. There's even a medical name for depression caused by a lack of sunlight - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
So, why on earth would you think of motivating yourself to start something "out of the ordinary for you" on some of the most depressing days of the year and then be successful?
You wouldn't, right?
Well, if there was at least half a day's worth of daylight, and you were getting more minutes of it every day, you would be more motivated to accomplish those resolutions.
Studies show that it takes 28 days to form a habit. So, if you were trying to change something about yourself, or your daily routine, and you wanted it to "stick," then you need to be motivated for at least 28 days to be successful.
The minutes of daylight in each day has been increasing since December21st. But, at (or around) the Spring Equinox, each day has more sunlight than darkness. And the sunlight will grow until June 21st of this year.
That's well over the 28 days you'll need to establish your healthy new habit!
And, the sun will still out-weigh darkness each day until September 23rd. So, you'll be going strong with sunlight on your side for 6 whole months!
So, when winter (and next New Year's) comes around, you will have to think of a new "New Year's Resolution," instead of trying to find a way to re-do last year's failures.
But don't forget to wait until the Spring Equinox to actually start it. You'll be more successful that way.
Don't know what to change about yourself? Here are some suggestions, in no particular order.
The Apple Guardian's Best Resolutions You Can Give Yourself:
- Rescue an animal. If you plan on getting a new pet, don't go to a breeder. Getting your pet from a shelter saves the life of your pet and puts breeders out of business. For more information on this visit the ASPCA or the Humane Society's website.
- Feed wild birds. Or at least observe them. You'll gain a new appreciation of our natural world. You will even be more in tune to the rest of nature all around you.
- Exercise more. Duh. This is an obvious one. But this time you are more likely to be successful. And you won't believe how amazing you will feel when you can keep it up for a long period of time!
- Smile more. Seriously, try it. People will respond to you like you are someone special. And you are! But most importantly, you will feel light-hearted and generous, which then will lead to even better relations with others. Just start with random people you walk by every day. You'll see.
- Learn a new language. Have you ever seen two people trying to communicate to each other, and neither of them speak the same language as the other? Do you notice that they each treat the other person as if that person were stupid? Peace and compatibility start with understanding.
- Participate in outdoor activities. Find an outdoor recreational sport that you've always been interested in - or something you've never tried - (preferably a non-polluting one) and start becoming a regular at it. Once you develop a regular outdoor hobby, you will be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.
- Visit National/State parks. There are National parks, forests, wildlife refuges and historical areas near you that you may not know about. Find out where they are, and make a commitment to visit at least one a month. Take family/friends or go alone. You'll learn more about your area, enjoy time with others, and/or find a peaceful place to relax.
- Go organic. Find out how organic foods are beneficial for you and the environment and where you can find them. Turn all your meals 100% organic.
- Conserve energy. Find out ways to lower your carbon footprint... and your energy costs.
- Go Vegetarian. Why? Because it's healthier for you, the environment, and obviously the animals involved.
- Buy more fairly traded items. When you, for example, purchase fairly traded coffee over regular coffee, you are ensuring that those who worked to produce your coffee was treated, well, fairly. You will help those in poor countries to make a fair living and successfully raise their families.
- Recycle. This is a daily activity that you and your family can get into. Call your local recycling office, obtain a recycling bin or two, learn what goes into it, and start recycling. You'll find you have more recyclables than trash. And that's okay. There's too much trash not going anywhere anyway.
- Protect the world's habitats. Okay, I know this one is loaded. But just by doing several of the above, you will inadvertently be protecting the world's habitats. Also find other ways to protect by volunteering, donating, etc.