<![CDATA[New Year's resolutions are promises we make to ourselves. It's old news many people fail to keep those promises. This year, make a resolution or two you can keep. Here are a few ideas:
- Connect with people without using social media. No texting. No tweeting. No Facebook. Make person-to-person or voice-to-voice contact. You can invite your parents, children, or siblings to lunch. Social contact, live and in-person, “improves psychological well-being, happiness, and is even linked to greater health and longevity.”
- Encourage empathy. There has been a decline in empathy (the ability to understand and share another’s feelings) since the 1980s, according to new research. That change has been accompanied by a rise in narcissism (self-absorption and an exaggerated sense of self-importance). Two ways to encourage empathy are to read for pleasure and to read to young children.
- Engage in your community. Get out there and help get something done. Use your special talents to help improve the lives of others. Better yet, get your whole family involved. You’ll be helping to improve your community while teaching your children the importance of giving back.
These can be ambitious and achievable resolutions – and you have 12 months to accomplish one or more of them!
Here’s our promise to you:
no matter what specific resolutions you make for 2015, we’re here to ensure you have the information and support you need to make sound financial decisions. The only thing left to do is determine what those resolutions are!]]>