Monday, January 3, 2011
Are you one of the 33% of Americans who made a New Year’s resolution this year? Or do you wonder why people even bother?
Some of this year’s top resolutions (which probably haven’t changed much since last year) are:
1. Lose Weight/Get in Shape
2. Quit Smoking/Drinking
3. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
4. Get out of Debt
5. Find a Job/Get a Better Job
6. Fall in Love
7. Get a Better Education
8. Help Others
9. Go Green
10. Get Organized
Helping others, volunteering, giving back – however you want to phrase it – appeared on most top ten lists. Did it make yours?
I-Volunteer.org, an editorial website dedicated to helping people find volunteer opportunities, encourages you NOT to make a resolution to volunteer more this year. Umm…what kind of volunteer website would do that?
Actually, they make a good point, especially for you resolution skeptics out there. I-Volunteer argues that “resolutions” are easy to let fall by the wayside as soon as the freshness of the New Year wears off. Instead of attaching your good intention to an idea that we expect would take a miracle to follow through with, make it something more meaningful. Make it a promise. Read more here.
As a sweet bonus, I-Volunteer says making a “promise” to volunteer can actually be a means to accomplishing the other items on your resolutions list. Want to find a new career, get fit, or heat up your love life? Find out how volunteering may help, here.
What do you think? Let us know your resolutions or why you didn’t make any.