The new year is a time of self-reflection and self-improvement. Who better to offer advice than the gang from That ’70s Show? They were literally defined by the years they lived and obliterated by the peal of the bells on December 31st, 1979. If anyone respects the power of the New Year, it’s them.
We’ve gone over their goals from the series to see how Eric, Kelso, Donna and the rest can help you make better New Year’s Resolutions. We hope they help you to have a prosperous and mellow 2016.
1. Make every day special.
Kelso’s advice is to follow your dreams and do awesome things. True, he never opened a restaurant. In fact most people wouldn’t even trust him with a candy bar wrapper. But his goal made him happy, sounded awesome, and was enough to get him through another day. And isn’t that what we all want from our resolutions?
2. Go out and meet new people.
Not every goal needs to be good for the world. This one is all about Jackie, just like most things involving Jackie. It plays to her strengths, it’ll make her feel better, and it’s a definite plan of action to combat any kind of bad mood. She’d be a self-help superstar if she could even pretend to care about anyone else.
3. Love the one you’re with.
Red reduces the thorny issue of unpaid emotional labor down to its purest core, then kicks its ass. It’s also maybe the most important advice you’ll ever get. Look after those you love first and don’t even pretend to compromise. Anything else is a waste of time.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
“If I’m gonna shake this Donna thing, I am gonna need some serious discipline. Please ground me.” It’s okay to ask for help when you need it. Asking Red, though, might be a mistake. Though this may be the happiest Eric has ever made Red. Punishment is one thing Red always resolves to be better at.
5. Know thyself above all else.
This was more of a work requirement than a resolution, as Donna had been given her own show on local radio. But deciding to call yourself “Hot Donna” is a self-confident, self-improving, self-affirming attitude in any event. Give yourself a powerfully positive name and use it!
6. Own your personal style.
We’ll be honest: Hyde’s resolution to wear Zeppelin T-shirts isn’t going to set the world on fire. But it’s classic Hyde: a determined application of all his intelligence to the tiny little things that make him happy. Instead of the vast projects we’re told we should hope for, but never achieve, Hyde advises doing the little things that make you happy every day.
7. Just get out there and be awesome.
Fez’s resolution was sincere, joyous, 100% heartfelt and 100% all-the-rest-of-the-body-felt as well. He finally achieved his life’s ambition to “do it” with his girlfriend Nina. Even without the specifically sexual factor, this is great advice for any new year. You are going to do it. You’re going to set a goal, work towards it, be positive, and have fun!