Yes, it’s that time of year again—the season for making and breaking New Year’s Resolutions. Except this year is going to be different.
You see, we all make New Year’s resolutions with the best intentions, hoping to leave our bad habits behind with the start of a new year. But here’s the thing: More times than not, our resolutions involve sacrifice and giving something (or multiple things) up. Typically, the things we try to give up are also the same things that give us pleasure—eating dessert, buying a new toy, or pressing snooze on the alarm clock and sleeping in.
The problem with these types of resolutions is that we end up depriving ourselves; it makes it feel like punishment. And who wants to keep that up for an entire year?!
That’s why this year, we are asking you to change the way you think about your resolutions. To help, we’re offering some new ideas. Instead of setting goals that deprive you, we are going to focus on creating resolutions that will still be fun and beneficial at the same time.
10. Volunteer With Animals
If you don’t have pets (or even if you do) and want to spend some time giving love to animals that need it most, consider volunteering at your local animal shelter or SPCA. Most shelters will let you donate as little or as much time as you would like since they always need help.
Many of the activities including walking the dogs, spending time cuddling with kittens, and making sure the animals are receiving attention. It’s a great way to do something good, give back, and get some furry cuddles.