Hannah Jones
Hannah Jones

We have made it to 2019.

Now is the time of year where many people make New Year’s resolutions to better themselves. Most people’s resolutions have to do with them living a healthier lifestyle or losing weight.

While these goals are extremely important, and self-care is essential, most people only keep their resolutions for a few days or weeks. I typically am not one to set a New Year’s resolution, but lately I have been thinking on how I can make 2019 one of my best years yet. How can I set a goal that will tangibly improve my 2019? Will I accomplish it with a fitness goal? Will I accomplish it with a promise to myself to floss more or drink less soda?

While I believe all of these resolutions would improve my 2019, I cannot bring myself to believe they are the answer. After pondering the question for a few days, I have come to the conclusion that the only way to make 2019 one of the best years yet is to set a resolution to help others.

For instance, a resolution to treat people with more kindness, or to listen closer when people are talking. If everyone made a resolution to help the people around them, 2019 would be incredibly different from 2018. This new year needs more kindness. It needs more understanding.

By pursuing a goal to help others, we can all do our part to make this year just a little better than the last. These resolutions would have lasting effects. I am not saying the self-improvement goals are not important — they are. I am just excited to resolve to help others this year.

In a world where everyone is caught up in the business of their own lives, I think resolutions to help others could be very beneficial. Some people may think that these goals would be less measurable than traditional New Year’s resolutions, but that does not mean they are not worth making.

With the start of a new year, we are given the opportunity of a fresh start, a clean slate. We can become whoever we want to be. Why not try to improve in a way that can help others?

Reader, I challenge you to make a resolution to help others this new year. Try to show more kindness this year. Try to have a little more patience with those around you. If we all try our best to help others this year, we can make a difference. We have the chance to improve our 2019 for ourselves and for the people around us. Why don’t we take it?

HANNAH JONES is a senior at Flanagan-Cornell High School. To contact her, email Assistant Editor Julie Barichello at jbarichello@shawmedia.com.


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