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On the Gateway: Five New Year’s Resolutions

The Alumni Education Gateway shares U-M insights and research on resolutions worth prioritizing in 2021.
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With 2020 receding in the review mirror, it’s the time of year to reflect on what has passed and what awaits us. Because the past year has been especially challenging, hopes for 2021 shine even brighter as we resolve to do and feel better in the year ahead. The Alumni Education Gateway is here to get you started with some ideas and tips from U-M’s greatest minds.

RESOLVE TO LEARN

Events in the world right now can feel draining and challenging. The Practicing Gratitude Teach-Out presents the science and benefits of gratitude practices and includes practical ways to bring these practices into your own life. This teach-out is for anyone new to the idea of gratitude practices or anyone who routinely uses positive psychology.

RESOLVE TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

Are you looking to get fit in the year ahead or develop a healthier routine while living through these difficult times? The Alumni Education Gateway has a number of articles on health and wellness, such as 26 things you can do to help others and reduce stress and anxiety.

RESOLVE TO FORM MORE MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS

In this Michigan Minds podcast episode, U-M Ross School of Business lecturer Marcus Collins highlights how everyday routines have been disrupted because of the pandemic. He notes how brands are pivoting for consumers, professors are interacting with students, and people are communicating in new ways. Learn how to connect with others in a more meaningful way through Collins’ podcast.

RESOLVE TO BE A BETTER LEADER

Crises can bring out the best and worst in professional environments. U-M Ross School of Business faculty spoke to the Harvard Business Review about six specific ways leaders can help encourage individuals to cultivate a growth mindset during a crisis. Factoring in the unprecedented challenges and uncertainty of the pandemic, these faculty experts highlight ways that individuals and their peers can develop their abilities in the midst of new obstacles and an unpredictable future.

RESOLVE TO BECOME MORE CULTURED

Tired of watching Netflix? Would you love to catch a concert or visit a museum? While many of these spaces remain closed to the public, virtual events are happening all the time. The University Musical Society presents UMS Rewind, an online archive of events from 1879 to the present day.

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