Need Help Setting Your New Year's Resolutions? The Big Bang Theory Can Help!

Let's get off on the right foot for 2019 with these handy suggestions from The Big Bang Theory. Watch the winter premiere episode, "The Paintball Scattering," on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Let's start the year off with a (big) bang!

Let's start the year off with a (big) bang!

We're about to close the door on another year, and you know what that means. After relaxing and stuffing our faces over the holiday, that unsettling feeling is starting to sink in again: It's time to buckle down and get to work on setting resolutions for next year!

Whether it's hitting the gym thrice a week or limiting social-media use to 15 minutes a day, this annual tradition can be one of the toughest—especially since it lasts all 365 days.

Luckily, The Big Bang Theory is here to help!

Okay, yes, sometimes the gang serves as a better cautionary tale than a prime example, but you can bet Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), and the others all know a thing or two about self-improvement!

So, let's get off on the right foot for 2019 with these handy suggestions for how you can make this upcoming year the best one, ever!

Watch the winter premiere of The Big Bang Theory, "The Paintball Scattering," on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Make a nice gesture for someone you love.

Make a nice gesture for someone you love.

Remember it's the thought that counts, and even a small gesture can go a long way.

Take Sheldon and Amy's (Mayim Bialik) honeymoon in New York. It was already destined to be a memorable trip, but Sheldon added a nice touch and showed off his sweet side by surprising Amy with a "breakfast" in bed.

Way to go, Sheldon!
Say

Say "yes" more often.

No, no, no, no, no.

Nobody likes to hear that word. Instead, why not try saying "yes" more often and see where it takes you?

Just look at the time Sheldon teamed up with Bert on a geology project. Sure, he was extremely reluctant to be associated with a rock guy at first, but the two ended up making a great team—and having some fun in the process.
Spruce up a room.

Spruce up a room.

Everybody has that one room—there's just something wrong with it. Not enough furniture, too much junk, bad wallpaper—you know the kind.

For Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), Halley's room had a squeaky floor, which was prone to waking the baby up whenever the parents walked in. So, Howard and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) devised a clever grid system to establish which squares were squeaky and which were safe.

Maybe not the most elegant solution, but it's a start!
Try new things.

Try new things.

When you think of things Sheldon is likely to do, brunch is probably 3,472 or so on the list.

But when he caught wind that Amy wanted to host a boozy brunch for their friends, Sheldon took the initiative and put together a lovely—well, adequate affair, at least.

The moral? Try new things, whether it's for you or someone you love. It's usually worth the adventure.
Improve your organization and memory skills.

Improve your organization and memory skills.

We all know the boys on The Big Bang Theory are brainy beyond compare, but even geniuses need a little help remembering where their stuff is.

Thankfully for the forgetful Leonard, his buddy Sheldon has a memory like a steel trap, which came in handy when the theoretical physicist pointed out that Penny was was putting her hubby's collectibles into storage without his notice.

Suffice to say, it pays to keep track of your possessions and stay organized. After all, cleanliness is next to happiness!
Meet new people.

Meet new people.

Sometimes, it's good to get out of your comfort zone and reach out to people you wouldn't normally interact with.

Take Penny, for example, who tagged along with Amy to go to a party gathering of scientific minds, despite the former actress' lack of geology knowhow.

Sure, the mixer only consisted of Penny, Amy, and Bert, a Caltech geologist, but successful soirées are about quality, not quantity!
Be confident and take some chances.

Be confident and take some chances.

These days, it's all too easy to keep your head down and get stuck in your safe zone, but it doesn't hurt to shake things up every once in a while!

Case in point: after dating each other for years, Sheldon and Amy finally decided to take their relationship to the next level and do the deed. Coitus doesn't always bring people together, but physical intimacy definitely looks good on ShAmy. 
Reduce stress.

Reduce stress.

While it's always good to better yourself, indulging in simple methods of relaxation can be just as important.

Whether it's paying a visit to your local comic-book store or hanging out with your closest friends (or both!), make sure you find time to unwind and decompress.

Even if you think you don't have time for it, make time for it. Your blood pressure will thank you.
Find a significant other.

Find a significant other.

Of course, "significant other" can mean many different things; but whether it's romantic or platonic, finding someone you can truly trust and confide in is one of life's greatest rewards.

In Leonard's case, he found two loves of his life: his wife, Penny, and his BFF, Sheldon.
Spend more time with the people that matter.

Spend more time with the people that matter.

This one kind of goes hand in hand with "reducing stress," but it's worth mentioning again: don't skimp on spending time with your closest friends and loved ones.

Having alone time is all well and good, but it's the experiences you share with others that are sometimes the most memorable. 
Learn to let go of grudges and avoid moping.

Learn to let go of grudges and avoid moping.

It can be cathartic to blow off some steam after an intense confrontation, but you can't let that unchecked anger turn into resentment or, even worse, uncontrollable rage.

For example, when Sheldon's jealousy of Bert's MacArthur Genius Grant got the better of him, the theoretical physicist took out his frustration on a boulder. And then a water fountain. In the end, though, Sheldon came to terms with the ordeal and put the past behind him.

After all, bruises tend to heal with time, regardless of whether or not you inflict the injuries upon yourself.
Reinvent yourself.

Reinvent yourself.

Now, if you're really looking to change things up, why not shift gears to something totally different?

When Sheldon saw that his and Amy's DNA would make a near-perfect offspring, he fully committed to making that procreation possibility a reality.

Granted, Sheldon's new look and seductive wiles didn't pan out the way he hoped, it's all about the journey, not the destination, right? 
Be more romantic.

Be more romantic.

If you've already got the "significant other" thing on lock, why not surprise your beloved bae with a romantic gesture?

It doesn't even have to be over-the-top or dramatic. Sometimes the best ideas are also the simplest—like when Amy suggested she and Sheldon invite their friends over for brunch. Not only did her beau say he was down for a late-morning get-together, but he also surprised Amy by setting the whole thing up.
Plan for the future.

Plan for the future.

Even though it's a new year, it's never too early to look ahead.

Just look at Howard and Bernadette; they spent nine months getting ready to welcome a little Wolowitz into the world, which gave them the time to prepare—mentally and physically—for the expansion of their family.

When it comes to major life changes like this, it can't hurt to get ahead of the milestone, if possible.
Face your fears and insecurities.

Face your fears and insecurities.

Tackling your issues head-on will usually yield the best results.

If that means rocking an outfit you wouldn't normally wear—a sexy wizarding robe, perhaps?—then great!

If that means confronting your fear of commitment—cohabitation much?—even better!

Sometimes, you've just got to take life by the haunches and make the changes you want to make because the only person stopping you from living a life of happiness is YOU.

Watch the winter premiere of The Big Bang Theory, "The Paintball Scattering," on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.