Six Things We Can All Do Right Now To Make It A Great 2016

And they won't cost you a penny.
  1. Complain less, change more

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    It might seem obvious, but nothing changes unless you work to change it—whether that’s your job, your weight, your relationship status, whatever.

    It’s not so much about the size of the goal, as it changing your routine and stepping outside your comfort zone—even if just a little.

    If you haven’t done that, you really don’t have the right to complain.

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    Put down your phone We’re not sure when we all became addicted to our smartphones, but it’s interfering with how we interact with the rest of the world.

    Try going 24 hours without using your phone. (Don’t say it’s impossible—people did it for millennia.) If that’s too hard, start with an hour or two each day that’s phone-free. And tell your friends no phones during meals.

  3. Watch a film you’ve had on your queue for more than a year.

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    Just do it. It’s two hours of your life, and a darned easy way to feel like you accomplished something. (Hey, we didn’t say these would all be hard.)

  4. Get tested

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    There are better HIV treatments than ever before—but that doesn’t negate the absolutely necessity for regular screening if you’re sexually active.

    While you’re at the clinic, get tested for syphilis, gonorrhea, and other STDs, too.

  5. Don’t bail

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    In our modern age, commitment is elusive: We don’t just mean in a relationship—even getting your besties to show up to brunch is an ordeal.

    Try to go as long as you can without backing out of plans—and definitely don’t be iffy because you want to see if something better is going on. That’s #notcool.

  6. Register to vote

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    Not later. Not soon. Right now.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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