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Good New Year's Resolutions for People with Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism

New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week or next month. Now is your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make. I've decided to give you a bit of help by listing some important "changes" below – because since the majority of people fail to stick to their resolution, you’ll need all the help you can get.

1. Attend church
2. Be less argumentative
3. Be more of a team player
4. Become a smart grocery shopper (lists and pantry inventory before you go)
5. Buy less coffee from Starbucks
6. Call people more than text
7. Cook dinner more often
8. Cut someone out of your life who isn't good for you
9. Do one new thing every single week -- it doesn’t have to be major
10. Do something for charity
11. Donate unworn clothing to people who could use it
12. Drink less alcohol
13. Eat less chocolate
14. Get better at social networking
15. Get out of your comfort zone and explore more
16. Get those piles of photos into scrapbooks
17. Give more away—even if it’s something you want for yourself
18. Go on a blind date
19. Go travelling
20. Have a face-to-face with your boss to find out where you stand
21. Learn how to cook more of your favorite foods—no more take-out!
22. Learn how to make basic, easy things you normally buy
23. Leave work on time more often
24. Less time on Facebook
25. Less TV time
26. Live more minimalistically
27. Lose weight
28. Make a meal for any friend or neighbor when they’re sick or stuck at home
29. Make an effort to respond to emails quickly so they don’t fall through the cracks
30. Make the iPad the exception, not the habit, for nighttime entertainment
31. Meditate for five minutes every day
32. Meet online contacts in real life
33. Opt for tea instead of coffee
34. Opt for the stairs a few times every week
35. Organize photos
36. Plan at least one weekend day-trip every month
37. Plan to visit extended family regularly
38. Post more unfiltered and realistic images on your social feeds
39. Practice a musical instrument more (or take up a new one)
40. Quit smoking
41. Read for pleasure
42. Redecorate
43. Resolve to work ahead
44. Run a few miles every day
45. Save more money
46. Say “no” sometimes
47. Sell old unwanted stuff on eBay
48. Shut off Netflix by PM
49. Smile to at least one person every day
50. Spend more time with family
51. Spend one-on-one quality time with your friends every single week
52. Start your own business
53. Stop beating yourself up over mistakes -- learn from them, and move on
54. Stop contacting/going back to an ex-partner
55. Stop drinking soda
56. Stop pressing “snooze”
57. Stop using your smartphone as a crutch
58. Strive to stand up for yourself more often
59. Tackle three DIY projects you’ve pinned in the last three months
60. Take up a new hobby
61. Tell someone you have feelings for them
62. Text people less
63. Totally revamp your wardrobe
64. Try a new hairstyle
65. Try extreme sports
66. Try to save one of your relationships
67. Try your best to stay in the moment
68. Wake up early enough to have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy a cup of coffee
69. Walk a little slower and take in your surroundings
70. Watch less reality TV

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