Well 2016 is here and so far it probably doesn’t feel too different from 2015 for most of us. The New Year’s Eve parties and after parties and after-after parties are over and everyone is returning to their regular, everyday lives, well most people are anyway. Chances are a few of you out there are in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions. If you’re struggling to think of one, here are a few suggestions.
It seems simple enough but in this modern world everything seems to be speeding up at an alarming rate. As a result, people tend to get annoyed when things don’t happen fast enough. Being in Thailand, it’s best to keep a cool head or Jai Yen (Cool Heart) as the Thais say. Things in the Land of Smiles don’t always run on time.
How many times have you found yourself talking about others behind their backs? It’s a common thing, most of us do it, but that doesn’t make it right. The next time you’re talking about someone, try and stop yourself. Remember, it’s better to talk about your own experiences than those of others, and even better still, it’s better to talk about ideas rather than people.
Look at the world around you more
Whenever you go out to a restaurant or bar, or pretty much anywhere, you always see people tapping on their phones and tablets, being anti-social. What’s the point of going out if you’re just going to look at a screen all the time? Remember to take in the beauty of nature around you, especially if you’re in a tropical paradise like Phuket.
Don’t dwell on the past.
There’s a saying, “Don’t look back unless you want to go that way.” Sometime we do want to go back but it’s best not to dwell on faux-pas you’ve made in the past, especially if you can’t change them. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
Don’t make resolutions
This last one might seem like an oxymoron but there’s sense to it. Life is flexible, sometimes you need to adapt to circumstances and having resolutions can stop you from doing this. Don’t be too rigid with your beliefs, be considerate and open minded. Or don’t. It’s up to you.