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My 2017 New Year’s resolution was to be my own best friend. Being your own best friend means caring for yourself, going after what you want and doing things to promote your own happiness. This was my only resolution for the year, and you know what? It made for one of the best years yet.

If you don’t have a New Year’s resolution for 2018, you only need this one. Here’s why your resolution should be being your own best friend:

1.  It affects all areas of your life.

Being your own best friend is an all-inclusive New Year’s resolution. It inspires you to look out for yourself in all parts of your life – your relationships, family, social life, career, etc. A best friend will tell you the truth. She looks out for you, and she’ll give it to you straight. So, being your own best friend means you’re looking out for yourself in all ways possible.

You’re forced to see relationships for what they are. Your inspired to take time for yourself and your hobbies because you know it will make you happy. Your empowered to go after what you want because it’s what drives you.

2.  It inspires you to be healthier.

Being your own best friend also inspires you to make healthier choices. A best friend only wants what’s best and healthy for you. So, by default, you must see things this way, too. You’ll feel more motivated to make healthy eating decisions and to exercise regularly. Of course, it’s all in moderation. But, the point is that you’re watching out for your own well-being. Your physical health is a big part of that. Whether it’s meal prepping on Sundays or starting a morning exercise routine – your health falls under this New Year’s resolution.

3.  It forces you to see what’s good for you.

This New Year’s resolution forces you to see what’s good for you and what’s not. You’ll tell yourself to rid your life of things that longer serve you, just like a good friend would do. The things that you fill your time with make up the contents of your life. But those contents don’t always remain beneficial, and change can be good. If something is no longer working for you, or empowering you, it doesn’t need to stay in your life.

Perhaps it’s a relationship or your current career path that’s no longer good for you. One of the greatest ways I was my own best friend in 2017 was resigning from a job. I’d wanted the job so badly – it was my dream job, in a way. But, it became so stressful and overwhelming that it was negatively affecting other areas of my life. And no matter how much I revealed my unhappiness to my superiors in the office, nothing changed. I decided to leave for my own well-being. I had to do what was best for me. Because if you’re not looking out for yourself, who is?

Being your own best friend may seem like an easy New Year’s resolution to take on. And it is. But, at the same, keeping your own best interest at heart and doing things that truly serve you aren’t always easy. Sometimes you get into a situation, and you feel stuck. You feel like there is no other option than to continue on the path you’re on. But that is not the case.

In 2018, I challenge you to be your own best friend. I challenge you practice self-love every day, promote your own happiness and to create the life and self that you want! 


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Lauren Hamilton

Lauren Hamilton is the founder of, a lifestyle and relationship blog offering relationship advice and encouraging women to be the happiest, most confident version of themselves through positivity and self-love. She's also a freelance writer and communications strategist. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, and check out some of her accomplishments on her portfolio.

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