Good morning all.
This year has really flown by. And the holidays have come and gone. But not completely. Not yet. We can’t forget about New Year’s Day.
That magical time between this year and next when we toss out the old and welcome the new. When we set goals for the future and make heartfelt promises to change something in our lives.
You know what I’m talking about.
IT’S RESOLUTION TIME!!
Do you know the most common New Year’s resolutions people make (and sometimes fail)? I’m sure you can guess most, if not all, of the top 5. Ready? Here we go…
1. LOSE WEIGHT
This usually takes the #1 spot in New Year resolutions. Everyone wants to look better and feel better. This resolution is entirely achievable with two simple (well, maybe not so simple) things:
B. EAT HEALTHY
2. QUIT SMOKING
This is a close second to losing weight and may be even harder. But with support and special anti-smoking aides, it’s a goal that is entirely possible obtain.
3. STOP DRINKING
This is another health conscious goal which can be reached with the proper support system.
4. GET A NEW JOB
Who wouldn’t want a great job that they can both make good money at and enjoy?
5. SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
I love this one the best because when it all comes down to it, these are the people that matter most. Not the money, not the success. But those people that you Love.
Now, that you know about the most common resolutions for New Year’s, what about some of less ordinary? These next ones may not be the top of most people’s list of achievable goals but perhaps at least some of them should be.
I’m talking about random acts of kindness. Helping your fellow man, making someone smile, brightening a person’s day. All without being asked to or profiting from it all. (Well except for the good feeling of being a kind and caring individual. That’s a pretty good pay off. )
LET SOMEONE GO IN FRONT OF YOU IN LINE
We all get busy during the day and many of us wait in line for coffee, lunch, post office, etc. So when you find yourself waiting in a line, let someone go in front of you. They will really appreciate the gesture and you’ll feel great having done your random act of kindness.
DONATE FOOD TO VICTIMS OF DISASTERS
Many people are affected by natual disasters every day. Disasters such as fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and mudslides. You can donate canned food and water to people who need help.
PUT CHANGE IN A PARKING METER
If you notice a car’s parking meter is about to expire, put some change in.
DONATE YOUR HAIR
If you have long hair, you can cut your hair short and donate your hair to a foundation that uses it to make wigs for people with cancer.
TAKE A FINANCIAL WEIGHT OFF SOMEONE’S SHOULDERS
Help someone who is financially hurting.
SHELTER ANIMAL ADOPTION FEE
Many shelters have an adoption fee for their dogs or cats. Leave the correct dollar amount for that particular shelter and ask that they use it for a family that is looking to adopt a dog.
Give a tip that makes the waitress/waiter do a double take.
THANK A VETERAN
Write a veteran a note thanking them for their service, and put it under their windshield.
PAY IT FORWARD
When in line at a restaurant/coffee shop, etc., show your kindness by randomly paying for your own order AND the order of the person in line behind you, and expect nothing in return. This will make a person’s day, and will hopefully motivate that person to pay this act of kindness forward.
PLANT A TREE
Trees are important to the world we live in because they help control the climate, filter the air we breathe, protect us from weather and create a natural, beautiful environment.
THANK YOUR PARENTS
Have you ever said “thank you” to your parents or another person who raised you for everything they have done? If not, it’s time to. Surprise them with a card or letter, to let them know you appreciate them.
BRING FLOWERS TO SOMEONE
Make floral arrangements for a senior center, nursing home or hospital. You don’t have to know someone to bring them flowers. Beautiful flowers will brighten anyone’s day!
DONATE USED CLOTHING
Some families aren’t able to buy the clothing they need. So donate the ones you don’t use or want to those less fortunate.
SUPPORT A LITTLE KNOWN AUTHOR
There are many new authors in the world and each one has their own unique voice. Why not buy one of their books and read their story? Be sure to leave a review after your done. One of the biggest compliments and highlights in an author’s life is a review.
The next time you hear about a blood drive in your area, make the decision to go and give blood. Or be proactive and find the local blood bank in your area set up an appointment to donate. Did you know that nearly 4.5 million Americans are saved each year by blood transfusions?
ADOPT A SOLDIER
Raise a soldier’s spirits by adopting a soldier as a pen pal. Showing your encouragement and gratitude for the hard work they do will be greatly appreciated.
PICK UP TRASH
Beautify your surroundings! Be kind to the environment and those around you by picking up trash when you see it lying around. It doesn’t matter who left it there, just pick it up!
THANK YOUR POLICE OR FIRE DEPARTMENT
Stop and take a minute to think about all the work our police and fire departments do in your community. Every day, hundreds of men and women risk their lives to make sure that we are safe. How impressive is that? Why not tell these people how thankful you are for their services?
READ TO THE ELDERLY
Living a long life is a great gift to those who receive it. There are many gratifying things that come along with old age. But why not give them a gift as well? Don’t like to read? That’s okay. You could do something else like play a game, talk, or watch a movie with them.
So, with all of these ideas,
Whatever you decide to set your sights on, do it to the best of your ability and with your whole heart. And better yet, don’t just make goals for the start of a new year, make them all year long.