What do you think of when you hear the phrase “New Year’s Resolutions”? I bet nine times out of ten, thoughts about losing weight pop into your mind. So cliché and boring. Enough already! This year, we need to make resolutions and have goals that are feasible and realistic, while still helping us become the healthiest and best version of ourselves we can be. Need help coming up with a stellar inventory of intentions for 2014? Sugar Fix Dental Loft has you covered. We put together a list of twenty good intentions and what’s on the top should come as no surprise.

Just to list a few..

Numbers one and two are easy, but often overlooked. We all know that brushing and flossing is the best thing we can do for our teeth. However, many of us skimp on the oral hygiene routine. Um, does anybody intentionally want bad breath? I hope that’s a no all around. Take one for the team and brush up.
1. Brush teeth at least twice a day; in the morning upon waking up and at night before bed is a good start if you’re not doing this already.
2. Floss at least twice a day; after brushing teeth of course (and whenever you feel like there’s some annoying food particle stuck in between those pearly whites).

Now on to the hard stuff!

3. Drink more water; upon waking up and before falling asleep is a good start.
4. Check Facebook no more than twice a day.
5. Leave reading and replying to emails for weekdays only.
6. Live by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
7. Call home more often.
8. Visit home more often.
9. Be kind to yourself.
10. Don’t go to sleep without washing your face.
11. Try a new physical activity such as TRX, Zumba or Hot Power Yoga.
12. Learn a new language (p.s. singing a song in Portuguese and understanding what the lyrics mean totally counts).
13. Opt for the stairs versus the escalator.
14. Get off the subway or bus one stop before your final destination and clock a few more steps.
15. Brush up on those manners: “Please” and “Thank you” go a long way in making someone’s day.
16. Watch less television.
17. Read more books.
18. Don’t simply “LOL”; instead, literally Laugh Out Loud. If laughter was a contagious virus, then keep me away from its cure.
19. Write thank you notes (by hand) for the gifts you receive within two weeks of every birthday and Christmas.

Last but not least…

Not so bad. We can do this. It’s all about baby steps. It is unrealistic to think we can accomplish all of our resolutions on day one, week one or month one. If you did, congratulations! (And tell us your secret). For the majority of us, resolving to put our mind to something new or difficult takes time and determination. Resolutions also take courage. We find ourselves resisting change or adventuring into a new hobby because we are afraid. Fear is what holds us back from living our lives to their full potential and can range from the most mundane to the most hazardous; from spiders to the dentist.
Chicago cosmetic dentist Dr. Jessica T. Emery and her team at Sugar Fix are hoping you have the best year ever in 2014. Have fun. Be fearless. Notice that the list stops at #19? Don’t worry. We wouldn’t leave you hanging like that, desperate to know what the final objective is for this year (if you know Sugar Fix at all, you probably know what it is). Drum roll, please…
20. Smile, smile, smile!
In the words of our favorite redheaded, curly haired orphan Annie, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”