New Year's resolutions

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Woman Survives on Nothing but Starbucks for a Year

If you're thinking 'why,' well, she has an answer for you

(Newser) - You and your New Year's resolution have nothing on a 40-year-old Seattle woman, who not only set a fairly insane goal in advance of Jan. 1, 2013—eat absolutely nothing but food sold at Starbucks for a year—but actually achieved it . The New York Daily News reports that... More »

Why a 'Dry January' Is a Bad Idea

...Assuming you're an alcoholic

(Newser) - Thinking of giving up booze for the month after a hedonistic holiday season? Well, you might be an alcoholic making a big mistake, writes Tom Sykes at the Telegraph . As a recovering alcoholic, Sykes should know. "I managed several sober Januaries, and they became an important weapon in my... More »

Your New Year's Resolution: 10 Apps for That

For those of us who need a little help

(Newser) - So you went ahead and made one or two of those New Year's resolutions people are so fond of making and so bad at keeping. But this year, Time rounds up 10 apps to help you lose weight, exercise more, budget, better manage your time, or whatever you've... More »

New Year, New Diet? Make a Real Resolution Instead

CNN offers better options for mental and physical fitness

(Newser) - It's that wondrous time of the year when lots of us embark on that annual exercise in futility known as the New Year's resolution to drop a couple of pounds. But there are plenty of different, more achievable goals that can have you feeling better next year—and... More »

How to Make Better New Year's Resolutions

Aim to do less, not more: researchers

(Newser) - Let us guess: Your New Year's resolution is to learn a new language, do yoga three times a week, or read a book a day. Well, according to Princeton psychologist Eldar Shafir and Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan, those are exactly the sorts of resolutions you shouldn't be making.... More »

How to Read 365 Books in 2013

Jeff Ryan did it without shirking daily duties

(Newser) - A book a day, every day, from tomorrow to next New Year's Eve: Sounds impossible, right? Well, Jeff Ryan managed it in 2012—without giving up his job or his family duties, he writes in Slate . Of course, he tweaked the rules a little; some days, he wouldn't... More »

Personal Finance Tips for 2013

Stop eating out, haggle with your cable company, and 'imagine you're dead'

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has some "smart money" tips on how to save in 2013:
  • Stop eating out: That $10 sandwich you ate for lunch today would have cost $2 if you made it at home. Unless you earn $96 an hour after taxes, then you should think about
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New Dad's Goal: Full Year of Kind Acts

Ryan Garcia pledges to perform 366 generous deeds in 2012

(Newser) - When Ryan Garcia and his wife welcomed their new baby into the world last year, Ryan got inspired to begin what the Dayton Daily News calls "a kindness revolution." He resolved for the entire year of 2012 to perform a random act of kindness every day. “I... More »

10 Things to Help Get You Through New Year's Eve

A love for bad champagne and mini hot dogs will help

(Newser) - Ahh, New Year’s Eve. A holiday filled with inappropriately sparkly dresses and unnecessarily large quantities of tiny, tiny appetizers. On the Huffington Post , Alida Nugent lists 10 things you’ll need to get through “this sloppy and not-really-monumental occasion”:
  • That cocktail dress: In addition to the sparkles, it
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20 Resolutions You Can Actually Achieve

Breaking down large goals makes them more realistic

(Newser) - New Year’s resolutions to lose 20 pounds, clean out all your closets, and cut your grocery budget in half not quite working out? That’s likely because your goals are too large. Here are 20 tasks you can accomplish, all of which are “no more challenging than reaching... More »

SF Pol Breaks Own Promise, Skips Profanity

'There wasn't much on the agenda' today, says Chris Daly

(Newser) - If you’ve been to the gym today, per your New Year’s resolution, you’re one up on Chris Daly, the San Francisco supervisor who promised to use “fuck” or a variation at every meeting this year. “There wasn’t much on the agenda” today, Daly tells... More »

SF Pol's Resolution: I'll Drop F-Bomb at Every Meeting

Colleagues, bloggers just shake heads at Chris Daly

(Newser) - After being taken to task by a local alt-weekly for his off-color language, a San Francisco city supervisor has made it his New Year’s resolution to use “fuck,” or a variation thereof, at every board meeting this year. Chris Daly, the 37-year-old representative of the city’s... More »

Need a Real Change? Dye Your Hair

Hair color is the cheapest, quickest transformation around

(Newser) - New Year’s resolutions pretty much never stick, and if they miraculously do, they take time—with one exception: hair dye. “Resolutions to eat more fruit and meditate every day and read Virgil are fine for the long-range self-improvement plans,” writes Mary Elizabeth Williams for Salon , but “... More »

Straighten Out Your Finances in 2010

Some simple moves can net $1K or more

(Newser) - On the eve of the first serious workday of the New Year, take a hard look at your finances and see where you can cut back in 2010. A relatively small investment in time can result in some serious savings, Kathy Kristof writes for the Los Angeles Times :
  • Save automatically:
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Resolutions for Obama and Co.

Rove has suggestions for everyone in Washington this new year

(Newser) - With the New Year mere hours away, Karl Rove offers up some 2010 resolutions for the White House in the Wall Street Journal. They go a little something like this:
  • Barack Obama should worry less about making everyone think he agrees with them, and more about meaning what he says.
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Your Won't Keep Those Resolutions: Try These Instead

Don't quit smoking, start e-smoking, and other easy outs

(Newser) - Gawker knows you can’t keep those virtuous New Year’s resolutions, so it’s come up with some substitutions. They won’t make you “a better person,” but are at least achievable. Herewith, from Brian Boylan:
  • Lose weight: That's too hard; "we live in a
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20 Mins of Exercise a Week Keeps Shrink at Bay

Far less clear is how much exercise is best for physical health

(Newser) - If the goal of your exercise program is better mental health, a new study shows that even 20 minutes a week of sports, gardening, or housecleaning may be enough to boost your mood. But if you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness, lose weight, or reduce your risk of life-threatening... More »

Why Your New Year's Resolutions Will Fail

Skip the self-help advice, keep a journal for better chance of success

(Newser) - The New Year's ritual of resolving to lose weight, get organized, and give up smoking is not only pointless—78% of resolutions fail—but may actually do harm, psychologists say, as broken resolutions leave people feeling dispirited and powerless. In a study of 700 people, those who tried to change... More »

Eating Right: Some Unusual Suspects

Celery, seaweed could work wonders for your diet

(Newser) - The usual admonitions we hear at this time of year about eating right are probably going in one ear and out the other, so perhaps these unusual health-food suspects from Men’s Health will catch your attention as you prepare that New Year’s resolution.
  • Celery: Its phytochemicals are thought
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Talk About 'Blue Monday'

Tracking Google searches shows low point before, not after, holidays

(Newser) - Unless you're a Giants fan, it's likely you woke up this morning feeling a bit more than the usual Monday blahs. The third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year, says a Cardiff University researcher. He bases his annual predictions on weather, holiday debt, and broken... More »

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