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New Year's Resolutions: A Different Kind Of New Year Resolution!

Updated on January 2, 2012

As the year draws to a close, many individuals make New Year’s Resolutions. A resolution is a goal you set for yourself, a promise you hope to keep in the coming year. However, some find keeping resolutions such as losing weight, exercising and eating healthier foods quite difficult to keep. By March, these goals are all but forgotten.

Many individuals set the bar too high and find it difficult to achieve the unattainable. You may wonder, why make a resolution at all? If the act of making a promise to yourself is too much to handle, why bother?

Making a resolution is proof that you have faith to make positive changes within yourself. Setting attainable goals helps strengthen that faith and may even help make the world a better place for you, little by little.

Resolving to volunteer more, to be present in a positive way, or just be the change you wish to see in the world, can result in an achievable resolution compared to some you may have made in the past. It may be different from the usual resolutions involving change in personal habits, but it is just as significant. Changing personal habits involves a lot of self-discipline and the temptation of that luscious wine or juicy steak could be difficult to resist. However, volunteering and trying to make meaningful contributions to your community or to a cause has the added benefit of having your convictions and belief in the cause as an added motivator. Here a few suggestions of attainable resolutions:

  • Improve your life by resolving to improve your surroundings. It’s long been held that those who volunteer in their community and beyond end up getting more out of the endeavor than they thought possible. For that reason alone, volunteerism is an extremely attainable goal. You're not only helping yourself, you're helping others at the same time.
  • Visit a senior center or simply pass on a kind word to someone whose spirits need lifted. Take a meal to share with someone who’s all alone.
  • Get involved in a cause you believe in. Do you care for animals? Become an activist on their behalf. Concerned about the environment, take your recycling to the next level by finding ways to find new uses and purpose for things that you would normally discard.

There a literally hundreds of ways you could reach out and help improve the world. Making a New Year’s Resolution need not be a half-hearted attempt to change your life over the course of the year. Resolving to do better should be part of everyone’s agenda for the coming year. Make one simple change and you may be surprised by the chain reaction you start.

01 January 2012, Moira G Gallaga©



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    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments and sharing your insights anglnwu. I totally agree with you.

    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comment dipless. It does make for a refreshing change from the usual that is usually centered on ourselves.

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      7 years ago

      Good ideas. Resolutions are easy to make and difficult to keep. I find that setting goals is easier--maybe, we can equate that with small resolution, one at a time. Nevertheless, very timely topic and one we all need. Rated up.

    • dipless profile image


      7 years ago from Manchester

      I'm quite liking the idea of making a new years resolution based on others :) nice hub

    • moiragallaga profile imageAUTHOR

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Recent events here just prior to the holiday season has got me contemplating on this subject coming into the new year and drove me to write this hub. Thanks for your comment Alocsin and I'm glad you found it useful.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Excellent suggestions that are centered on others rather than the self. Voting this Up and Useful.


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