We can all agree that 2020 wasn’t the best year… for any of us. With that being said, 2021 has certainly been long-awaited, and so have the resolutions that dutifully come along with it.
Here’s five New Years resolutions that will make your Asian parents proud:
1. Take a Free Online Course
This probably doesn’t sound like the most fun, but it’s incredible how much free information is out there for us to learn. From sources like Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, and more, you can learn useful skills like coding on your own time. Most courses offered on EdX are self-paced, so you won’t have to worry about falling behind.
2. Set a Reading Goal
Another tedious resolution that may inevitably be dropped, but there’s a reason why it’s so popular. Reading has been shown to reduce anxiety and other stresses, which we could all use now that we’ve gone through this pandemic. One book a month is a great way to start!
3. Practice Expressing Gratitude
Asian parents may not be know for this, but they will definitely appreciate the extra love. It’s common to internalize a lot of our thoughts, even positive ones. Yet, something as simple as thanking your parents for dinner or for cutting you fruit can bring a lot of purpose into their lives.
4. Incorporate Mental Health Days Into Your Calendar
If there’s one thing 2020 taught us, it’s that we need to take time for ourselves. More than anything, parents want us to be happy and healthy. Take some time to incorporate mental health days into your busy Google calendars. Meditate, journal, and give your mind some much-needed rest.
5. Learn Your Loved One’s Personality Types
Asian parents, like all others at their core, just want to be understood. Thus, learning their personality type can really help cater to their needs. Whether it’s Myers-Briggs, the Enneagram, or even just learning their love language – being aware of these things can truly make a difference in relationships.
Let’s make 2021 our year!
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