Writing New Year's Resolutions
Dabl At Home Dec 2020
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New Year’s Resolutions That Really Make A Difference

These 10 uncommon New Year’s resolutions will make a big difference in your life and in the lives of the people around you.

Choosing a New Year’s resolution can be harder than you’d think. Considering 68% of Americans give up on their New Year’s resolutions before the end of January, you want to choose a resolution that you can actually stick with. However, you may also want to pick a New Year’s resolution that is off the beaten path. In other words, you might want to choose a resolution that means something to you but is also different than what everyone else is doing. If you’re looking for inspiration, consider these 10 unique New Year’s resolutions that will make a big difference in your life and your community. 

Save A Life: 

One of the biggest differences you can make in society is to save a life. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a doctor, nurse, paramedic, or another type of first responder. While people who work in these capacities are heroes, you can save a life in both big and small ways in your daily life. For example, when you rescue a pet from an animal shelter you are saving a life. Or, when you volunteer to help underprivileged children, such as by becoming a foster parent or acting as a mentor, you are saving a life in a different way. 


Speaking of volunteering, there is no better time than the new year to decide to dedicate your time to a cause you care about. Your New Year’s resolution could be that you will volunteer a certain amount of times per week or month. Instead of putting it off, take action now to get involved in an organization that supports your passions. 

You could also volunteer your time and efforts to fill in the gaps in places that are struggling due to a lack of government funding. One establishment that frequently suffers from budget cuts and gaps in funding is public schools. You could help by doing things like spearheading fundraising efforts, leading afterschool enrichment activities, or coaching a school sports team. Since art classes are often the first to go when schools face budget crises, you might even consider directing the school play, supporting the school choir with a bake sale, or volunteering to teach an art class. 

Start A Side Hustle:

No matter who you are, you are special. And you have a special talent, skill, or hobby that you enjoy and are genuinely good at. 2022 could be your year to share your talent with the community by turning your hobby or skill into a side hustle that will earn you extra income. Since you’ll already be doing your hobby because you enjoy it, you might as well turn it into a secondary source of income. Starting a small business has its challenges, but the payoff for your hard work is certainly worth it! 

Break A Record:

Make 2022 a year to remember by breaking a record! That could mean breaking a world record and there are many for you to choose from! Or, maybe there is a record in your town or community that you would like to hold. It could even mean breaking a personal record. For example, maybe you run marathons and want to finish your next race with your best time yet! Of course, not all records have to involve physical fitness! 

Pay It Forward:

Did you know that doing good deeds can actually extend your life? Doing good deeds and acts of kindness creates feelings of happiness, known as “helper’s high,” that have been found to have positive impacts on our health. It also brightens the days of the people affected by your good deeds, which often results in them paying it forward by doing acts of kindness of their own. Therefore, we encourage you to commit to doing as many acts of kindness as you can in the new year. That could be once a day, once a week, or even a couple of times a month!  

Return To Literature: 

Reading is a great way to relax, unwind, and escape to other worlds for a while. If you have trouble falling asleep at night, you might find that a half-hour of reading before bed could cure your insomnia. But if you love to read and haven’t made time to lose yourself in a good book lately, we encourage you to return to literature in 2022. Many people find it’s helpful to set reading goals that hold them accountable, such as by joining a book club or deciding to read a certain number of books each month. 

Expand Your Horizons:

We live in such a big, beautiful world that it’s impossible to see it all and experience everything it has to offer in one lifetime. However, you can make the most of the life you’ve been given by resolving to expand your horizons. For example, maybe you make a New Year’s resolution that you will try a new food every week. Alternatively, plan adventures or trips to see other parts of the country or world. We’re never guaranteed tomorrow, so don’t put off visiting your dream destinations any longer than is absolutely necessary. Lastly, take time to visit museums or see presentations and performances that help you interact with different people and learn about other cultures. 

Prioritize The Environment: 

As citizens of Earth, it’s our duty to care for our planet. Therefore, making a New Year’s resolution to make eco-friendly choices and live a greener lifestyle is a great decision. One idea is to donate your old clothes and shop for new ones via thrifting to recycle your wardrobe instead of letting old outfits sit in landfills. Plus, recycling more in general is always a good idea! 

That said, you don’t need to make any major changes to live a greener lifestyle. You could make your resolution something like always remembering to turn off lights when you don’t need them, drinking from a reusable water bottle instead of plastic bottles, or bringing reusable bags when you go grocery shopping. Small changes make a big difference! 

Complete A Grateful Challenge: 

You’ve likely heard the expression that the grass is always greener on the other side. But when people are always thinking about something they wish they had, they often fail to appreciate all the wonderful things they do have in their life. If appreciating the little things in life and not taking anything for granted is important to you, your New Year’s resolution should be to complete a grateful challenge. 

Grateful challenges can last for any length of time, although most people choose to do them for at least a month. While you participate in the grateful challenge, you are supposed to write about something you are grateful for in a journal or social media post every single day. Each day you have to think of something new to be grateful for, as there are no repeats allowed. The entries can be short lists with bullet points or longer paragraphs depending on your preference. By the end of the challenge, you should have a new, more positive perspective on how incredible your life truly is. 

Break A Bad Habit:  

When people choose New Year’s resolutions, they often are determined to adopt a new habit like going to the gym more frequently or waking up at a certain time each morning. However, you don’t have to incorporate a new habit into your lifestyle each January. Instead, you could focus your energy on breaking a bad habit. If there is something you would like to change about yourself or your behavior that would make you healthier or happier, make your resolution to say goodbye to your bad habit along with 2021! 

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