success in the new year

New Year’s resolutions are a great way to continue a life-long journey of self-improvement. Here are 5 tips to help you find success in your resolutions:

1. Make the resolution!

Just setting a definite intention or goal is a huge step towards improvement, and a good indicator that you’ll have success.

2. Be positive.

Frame your resolution in a positive light. Say what you’re going to achieve instead of what you’re going to lose or give up.

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A holiday tradition in many families is holiday baking –from cookies, to breads and cakes, it is often a time when family recipes are passed down from one generation to the next! If you are up for trying some new recipes, check out this 4-H Holiday Cookie Making book filled with over 20 recipes you might want to add to your collection!

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The holidays can be stressful! The simple act of breathing deeply can help trigger a relaxation response in your body that will make you feel more clam and in control. “Hot Chocolate Breathing” is a fun, easy way for people of all ages to practice breathing deeply.

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Things may look different this year and traditional holiday activities you normally do may not be happening in the same way. That doesn’t mean you can’t make your own holiday memories at home.
Traditionally, Black Friday is the official kick-off to the holiday season shopping – but this year, things look a little bit different. Why not shake up your gift-giving routines, too? Try making presents for those you love! Your family can spend quality time together making gifts, fostering connection, and creating memories. Plus, the recipients will feel the extra bit of thoughtfulness and love that went into your efforts.
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Thanksgiving is often a time we gather together and celebrate our thankfulness for our family and friends. We know many people will not be able to gather with extended family and friends in person this holiday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t connect with them. University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development staff offer a few great ways to share your gratitude and connect with those near and far this Thanksgiving: