New Year's Resolutions: Aim high in 2018

STATE COLLEGE — New year, new you.

The calendar has flipped, so it’s time to re-invent yourself once again with some New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions signal rebirth and the start of a new beginning. From volunteering with local non-profits to going back to school, there are plenty of ways to begin again and make a positive change for those in Happy Valley – and beyond.

Volunteer more. Hundreds of non-profits across Centre County are always in need of volunteers. Use the new year to become more involved with the community by volunteering your time to make a difference. The Centre County Youth Service Bureau, the State College Area Food Bank, The Arc of Centre County, Bridge of Hope, Pink Zone, THON, Relay for Life, Community Help Centre and the Centre County Women’s Resource Center are among those residents can aid in numerous way.

Cross something off your bucket list. The start of the New Year is the perfect time to check something off your to-do list. If you have never climbed Mt. Nittany, make it happen in 2018. Attend a Penn State football game in you never have but want to. Take a picture at the Nittany Lion shrine. Do something you have been putting off but have always wanted to accomplish.

Improve your education. Centre County and the surrounding area offer plenty of quality higher learning institutes. Expand your knowledge by taking a few classes or completely enroll in school. Penn State, South Hills School of Business & Technology and Lock Haven University are among those colleges and institutes in the area with world class training and education.

Turn your phone off at dinner. Instead of being attached to your smartphone, updating social media, checking emails and staying constantly updated on all the happenings around the world, set your phone down and spend time with family and friends during dinner. Ask about their day, tell all about yours, simply spend some quality time enjoying great food and creating great memories.

Keep in touch with family more. Whether family members live down the street, across the country or around the world, use 2018 as a way to become more connected with them. With unlimited phone plans, Skype, texting and Facebook, being in constant contact with loved ones has never been easier. Make plans to speak once a month, once a week or once a day, whatever fits best.

Relax more. Jobs, family and daily life can sometimes be a lot to handle. This year, make it a point to relax more. Read, watch a little guilty pleasure TV, enroll in a yoga class or spend more time listening to music. Spend time doing whatever it is that makes you feel at peace. Both your body and your mind will enjoy the new year much more if you are relaxed, calm and collected.


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