New Year's resolutions can be such a drag. This year, it's time to simplify things. Here are five easy ways to be a better you in 2014. And it's completely sweat free!

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    Spend More Time Outdoors

    Whether it's going for a walk, sitting on your porch reading a book, or meeting a friend for coffee, being outside can do wonders for the soul. Take a second to feel how the sun warms your skin or how the breeze makes your hair dance. A simple breath of fresh air can leave you feeling exhilarated. The early morning air just before the sun comes up will jump start your day.

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    Take a moment to go through your finances. Look at the areas where you are spending too much, as well as the places you may just be throwing money away. This could be a subscription for a magazine you never read, or a premium cable package for channels you don't watch. Don't be afraid to shop around for the best rates on things like car insurance or utility providers. Once you've got your monthly expenses narrowed down, you may find a little extra wiggle room. It will also be a lot less stressful when the bills come in. Plus you won't feel so guilty when you allow yourself a "luxury buy," aka something that isn't a necessity. Hello, vacation!

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    Be a 'Yes' Man or Woman

    Saying "yes" can be a difference maker. Maybe you like to keep to yourself, but your co-workers asked you to join them for happy hour. Make it a habit to try new things. Stepping out of your comfort zone or facing a fear can change you for the better. So try a new food, visit someplace you've never been, pick up another hobby, whatever. You may end up hating it, but at least you'll have a good story to tell.

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    Always Say Thank You

    This phrase can sometimes (read: definitely not in Louisiana!) be forgotten, but it's extremely important. Thank the waitress for the water she just brought you. Thank your boyfriend or girlfriend for picking you up at the airport. Thank your parents for being involved in your life. It's so simple, but can mean the world to someone else. And when you make others feel good, you feel good.

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    Live in the Moment

    Instead of worrying about the past or fretting about the future, focus on what's happening right now.

    You may have bombed that last test, but right now you can study hard for the next one. Your trip to to the beach may be next month, but right now you've got 30 days to live life to the fullest until then. Your child may be moving to college next year, but right now you're still living under the same roof. This moment may not be the most exciting, but you can still make it one for the history books.