New Year, New Resolve

By Cheryl Mahoney

It’s just over a week into January, which means that probably a lot of people have already forgotten their New Year’s Resolutions.  Maybe that makes this a good time to take a glance at the subject.  I threw “new year’s resolutions” into GoodSearch.com just to see what I’d find.

Turns out that usa.gov has a page listing popular resolutions, with links to helpful pages.  How unexpectedly useful!  And I was glad to see that “Volunteer to Help Others” is on the list.

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I also found a lot of articles about the abysmally low percentage rate for actually keeping resolutions–and some more positive articles about what steps to take to make resolutions stick.  The basic rules seem to be–be realistic, be specific, plan carefully, and remember what inspired you to make this resolution to begin with.  I found a good blog entry with even more advice at “What’s Best Next.”

Wishing you lots of luck with your New Year’s resolution, whatever it might be.  I believe the best resolutions are ones that not only help ourselves but also help others–because when we help others, it does us some good too.  My other favorite rule–it doesn’t have to be January 1st to be a good time to resolve to make a difference.

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