It seems to happen every year. People make New Year’s Resolutions that may or may not stick, but these resolutions tend to have one thing in common: they’re all inwardly-focused. Some examples: losing weight, getting more exercise, quitting smoking — all of these take an inwardly focused approach to self improvement.
And sure, this makes sense, given that many of us aim to improve ourselves by changing a personal aspect of our appearance or character that we feel has a negative impact on us as individuals. It’s just human nature.
With 2021, things feel different, though. If you’re reading this, then you survived 2020 and all the internal and external disasters this historic year brought with it. Last year taught us to make do with what we already had, an important lesson that has to be learned the hard way with each passing generation. So, let’s take a step back and look at this from a different perspective. Can we better ourselves by bettering what surrounds us?
While there’s nothing wrong with improving ourselves through introspection, outwardly-focused resolutions encourage us to look at how we treat our environment and those around us.
Being kind to others, spending more time with friends and family, recycling materials and using less energy and water all improve our lives as human beings. These things encourage us to consider the feelings of others and think about how our actions influence our surroundings.
This New Year’s holiday as you jot down your goals for 2021, consider making a personal change that betters your world. When you strive to care for your environment and those who live within it, you don’t only change yourself for the better, but everything and everyone you interact with too. After all, it’s when we help others that we’re truly helping ourselves. What are your new and improved resolutions for 2021?
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