As one ages, there are two things that must mature: your mind and your palate. This week, try food that's not on your usual menu, food that ‘scares' you. If don't feel so brave - or don't have a stomach made of cement - why not write an e-mail to your ward councillor (or at least tag them on a social media post) about something positive that has happened under their watch.

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Call your parents or a relative you haven’t spoken to for a long time and sort out a feud that needs to be put to bed. Everyone has some ongoing feud that is doing them more damage than good. So for this week, call up the cousin you hate and wish them well for the new year. They might keep on being an arsehole, but you can start the year with a clear conscience and be the better person. That irritating old relative that nobody in the family likes? Phone them and say hi. Reconnect with an estranged parent. It might be one of the best things you ever do, or it could just be a noble gesture. Er, that’s it.

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