Happier, Safer, Healthier & Smarter in 2018

Happier, Safer, Healthier & Smarter in 2018

In the final newsletter of 2017, the New York Times’ Smarter Living editor Tim Herrera offers advice on “How to Be Happier, Safer, Healthier and Smarter in 2018.”

To welcome in 2018, here is some our best advice from this year for doing things better, whether you’re trying to fix your finances, your relationships, your health or your happiness. And don’t forget to set strong, reasonable New Year’s resolutions!

This is how to be happy

Everyone has the power to make small changes in our behavior, our surroundings and our relationships that can help set us on course for a happier life. Here’s how to do it. Read more »

Learn to say ‘no’ more often

It’s in our nature to be socially obliging, and the word no feels like a confrontation that threatens a potential bond. But when we dole out an easy yes instead of a difficult no we tend to overcommit our time, energy and finances. Read more »

How to give your home the deep clean it deserves

Take this guided tour of your home to learn the basic rules of cleaning as well as some tips and short cuts that will help you clean thoroughly and efficiently, starting now. Read more »

It’s time to figure out your retirement plan

While most workers are responsible for their own retirement savings these days, high schools and colleges don’t have required classes on 401(k)’s and Individual Retirement Accounts. That’s where we come in. Read more »

How to combat your anxiety, one step at a time

Feel anxious? Here’s a step-by-step guide to put yourself at ease. Read more »

Lock down your internet privacy

Between EquifaxYahooWannaCryransomwareN.S.A. breaches and countless other cyberattacks and security breaches, 2017 felt as if we were dealing with a new threat every other week. There’s no way ever to be 100 percent secure, but here are some basic tips we all should be following. Read more »

Learn to be more productive than ever

We’re all a little lazy sometimes, but surrendering to sloth doesn’t have to be the end of the story. We can train ourselves to be lazy by rewarding that behavior, but with a little effort we can do the opposite — rewire our brains to actually crave better habits. Read more »

Want to get strong in 2018? Start here

Anyone, at any fitness level, can and should strength train — and it doesn’t have to take hours at the gym to see results. This guide will teach you how. Read more »

What to say when people ask why you aren’t having children

Staying childless can contradict some people’s worldview, which can result in some awkward conversations. This is how you can deal with it. Read more »

How to recognize burnout before you’re burned out

Resolve not to burn out in 2018. Read more »

If you’re looking for even more, check out our year-end wrap-ups: 9 Ways to Work Better6 Ways to Be Better at Money9 Ways to Live Healthier8 Steps to Have a Better Relationship; and How to Do Things Better.

What were the most important things you learned this year? I would love to hear! Let me know at tim@nytimes.com or on Twitter at @timherrera.

Have a great week (and Merry Christmas to those of you celebrating!), and we’ll see you in 2018!

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