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What are the top New Year’s resolutions for ‎2011? Should you consider them and find yours? While the order of the top New Year’s resolutions changes from year to year, and from source to source, these are some common evergreens as highlighted by

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
2. Fit in Fitness
3. Lose weight
4. Quit Smoking
5. Enjoy Life More
6. Quit Drinking
7. Get Out of Debt
8. Learn Something New
9. Help Others
10. Get Organized

What are our New Year’s resolutions ‎2011 tips? We’ll provide them the AmAreWay 🙂 AmAre in Italian, means “to love”; in English, interconnectedness: (I)Am (we) are. As a framework for success, transition, and happiness, AmAre stands for being:

* A – Aware and Accepting
* M – Meaningful and Motivated
* A – Active and Attentive
* R – Resilient and Respectful
* E – Eating properly and Exercising

We become Aware of current conditions, resources, strengths, goals: what is our priority for 2011? Changing one aspect involves changing its components as well, however we need to keep focus: we cannot change/do everything at once. Once we are more aware, we decide to be Accepting and appreciate the qualities which are already there. We all have rich qualities!

We see what is Meaningful for us, instead of making a resolution just because it seems everyone else is. We become Motivated to implement it, here and now.

We are Active in cultivating our resolution, and Attentive about results and feedback from action.

We Resilient in face of difficulties, or simply when things take longer than expected to be achieved. Remember, the first month is very important when it comes to implement resolutions, so let’s make sure each day contributes to our committment. And we are a;sp Respectful, because we are aware other people have their own goals and resolutions as well.

We consider Eating properly and Exercising to support our course of action. Proper food and regular exercise re-energize
our mind and body.

And, above all, happy new year!


The beginning of the New Year often brings resolutions including a new fitness routine. Clinical Psychologist and Author of “In the Therapist’s Chair”, Dr. Jacqueline Simon Gunn, explains that the “New Year becomes a concrete representation of a fresh start and therefore affords people the opportunity to feel they can begin anew and stick to certain changes.”

Fitness goals are often part of the New Year resolutions as most people feel they over indulged during the holidays and now must undo the damage. As Dr. Gunn observes, “In my clinical experience most people have some discomfort with their bodies. A new fitness program provides a sense of control and initiative surrounding discomfort in relation to body image.”

Dr. Gunn, who is also a marathon runner and avid swimmer, offers tips on how to remain
committed to your fitness routine throughout the New Year. Her most important advice is to focus on the goal of feeling better rather than a physical transformation. “Those who are able to experience feeling better as the main fitness goal are more likely to stick to a workout routine. The benefit of feeling good is more immediate and therefore more sustaining.”

Tip 1: Find a type of exercise you enjoy.

If you enjoy the outdoors find an exercise that will keep you outside. If the gym experience is more your style try different kinds of exercises until you find something you like. If you get bored easily, alternate your routine and add variety.

Tip 2: Change the way you perceive your work-outs.

Try not to place too much emphasis on weight control as this approach adds pressure and makes the routine less enjoyable. Instead, experience your workout routine as a way to make you a more complete person. Recognize the routine as a way to experience spiritual growth in your life via perseverance, challenges and self-growth.

Tip 3: Find meaning in your workouts.
Do not look at it as something you have to do. Rather, come to see it as a meaningful part of who you are becoming, a high energy, in shape, strong and powerful person.

Tip 4: Spiritual growth rather than physical appearance.
Experience the high of becoming physically stronger and more emotionally balanced. The more physical activity you accomplish the more mentally sharp and powerful you will become. Focus on the mind and the physical comes with the package.

Dr. Jacqueline Simon Gunn is a Clinical Psychologist and Author of “In the Therapist’s Chair”. In addition to her private practice in Manhattan, Dr. Gunn is the Psychology Internship Training Director and Clinical Supervisor of the Trauma Program at the nationally recognized Karen Horney Clinic.

Dr. Gunn has one M.A. in Phenomenological Psychology from Duquesne University, another M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Miami Institute of Psychology. She also completed a two-year certificate program to specialize in Eating Disorders, Addictions and Compulsivity at The William Alanson White Institute. Please visit for more information.

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.

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