Pondering making New Year's Resolutions?
During this time of New Year’s resolutions, why not make gratitude and giving take the place of creating ambitious goals that usually don’t last anyway. Consider:
Being grateful - For most of us, if we look around, we will see we have all we need and more. Writing down each day what you are grateful for is a great practice in seeing the many gifts we have in life. Even adversity and painful experiences can be powerful lessons in being thankful. This practice can be life changing – moving you from a life of complaining to a life of kindheartedness and appreciation.
Give to others - Your time, tithes and offerings go a long way toward paying bills and meeting the tangible needs of your community. Or give to an organization you believe in, especially those smaller organizations low on funding. Beside it promoting cooperation, trust and social connection, giving has even greater impact on ourselves. It has the potential to decrease stress, increase oxytocin and overall makes us happier people.