With a new year just around the corner, there are many opportunities to make a difference locally and globally in the months to come. From recycling to volunteering and spreading kindness through everyday acts, here are six New Year’s resolutions you can make to be an even better Global Citizen this 2021.
Recycling is important because it reduces the amount of materials needed to manufacture products and keeps usable objects out of landfills. If you don’t recycle regularly, this is a good moment to start. Join a recycling program or use recycling drop-off centers. Also, remember to set up recycling containers wherever you produce trash: at home, but also in your car and your workplace.
Avoid Single-Use Items
Items such as forks, knives, and shopping bags made of plastic are used only for some minutes but their impact on the environment can last hundreds of years. Some small changes in your daily routine this 2021 can make a big difference in the long run. For example, carry your own reusable utensils with you and switch to reusable shopping bags made from renewable materials.
Your time is an important resource you can put to good use this 2021. Find a cause that inspires you and offer your help and your skills to help others. Some common volunteer opportunities include:
- Homeless shelters
- Animal shelters
- Retirement homes
- Nonprofit organizations
Volunteering makes the world a better place and it may also be good for you: In fact, research has associated selfless volunteering with a longer lifespan.
Take Up Meditation/Yoga
Meaningful change often begins inside, so it makes sense to include yoga or meditation among your New Year’s resolutions. While yoga is an ancient discipline that requires the guide of an instructor, meditation can be as easy as sitting down comfortably, freeing your mind of thoughts, and paying attention to your breath. Whichever option you choose, the benefits of both are well-documented and range from improved memory to greater general wellness.
Reading is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal but we don’t always take full advantage of it. This simple skill that most people have mastered since elementary school comes with multiple benefits: it helps us gain a deeper understanding of the world but it also makes us more empathetic toward others. A growing body of research suggests that reading fiction (novels or short stories) bolsters our empathy and social abilities.
After a year as rocky as 2020 we can all use some kindness, so why not begin by being kinder yourself? Pay attention to what goes on around you, be curious instead of judgmental, and offer your help if you feel it’s appropriate. Who knows? By taking the first step you may set in motion a chain reaction of kindness that can go around the world.
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