The holiday season is once again upon us and with the holidays come our customs and traditions. One tradition that many Americans take part in each year is challenging themselves with a New Year’s Resolution. The origin of this tradition dates all the way back to the time of the ancient Babylonians who wanted to start the new year off fresh by making promises to their gods to pay off debt, return borrowed items, and things of that nature. Now, centuries later, many of us still partake in this tradition in a more modern way.
This year we challenge you to hold yourself accountable to three resolutions instead of just one. First, resolve to do something that will benefit your life in a positive way. Whether you are giving up a bad habit or forming a new and healthy one, choose something that will have a beneficial effect on you as a person. Next, promise to do something that will impact the ones you love. Even if it is the smallest gesture that helps enhance their quality of life, show them you love them, or simply take a little stress away. Lastly, consider putting yourself out there and making an effort to help those you don’t know. Regardless if you decide to partake in random acts of kindness or volunteer at the local soup kitchen, going out of your way for someone you don’t even know can have an enormous impact on the lives of those you have touched as well as yours.
Taking life and those we love for granted is something most of us are guilty of at one time or another. This year make it a point to be a better person to yourself and those around you and to appreciate and be grateful for what you have. Strive to be the best version of yourself that you can be in 2016!