Become happier and healthier this year, by making a New Year resolution to help others and feel the benefits in your personal wellbeing.
Every New Year’s Eve, we determine to make the next year better than the last. We promise ourselves that we’ll eat healthier, get more exercise, save more money, and make more friends. Yet we neglect those New Year’s resolutions by February, only to reignite them on December 31. But what if we focussed on others instead of ourselves?
What if your resolution is to enhance the lives of others?
As we know here at Favourshare, helping others doesn’t just benefit the recipient. It pays dividends to your health, happiness, and well-being too. There have been many studies on the effects of altruism on temperament, and they trend in a uniform direction. Giving to others makes us happier.
We’re not saying that goodwill will be some earthly elixir for reduced stress, well-being and happiness, but a year of helping others provides an admirable and valuable New Year’s resolution for the community.
How do we prevent this resolution from becoming another lost cause?
Find your passion. At Favourshare we encourage a variety of helpful ‘favours’ from baking cakes, gardening, dog walking and teaching. If you’re passionate about pooches, walk your neighbours when you walk yours. If you’re great at gardening teach others how to create and maintain their dream flower bed.
Be realistic and specific. One favour per week or one favour per month – it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that you make a realistic goal and see it through to December. You’re doing this for you, as much as the person or persons, you choose to help and support.
Be proactive, not reactive. Seek out opportunities on Favourshare by searching through our favours and post what you are willing to offer. Motivation matters and after all, you have frequently given in to the chocolate cake and opted for the sofa rather than treadmill year after year, this is the one you will actually make a habit of.
“The essence of life is to serve others and do good” – Aristotle
Aristotle knew a thing or two about altruism and in our opinion, making that essence the focus of your New Year’s resolution is a great place to start any year.