Resolve to make the world a better place
There’s something about saying hello to a brand new year that makes us want to make positive changes in our lives, and to commit to impacting the lives of those around us in positive ways too.
New Year’s resolutions are often health-based, like the healthy resolution ideas we presented in January 2015. Pledging to be a healthier you is always a great idea, but resolutions can also be about being committed to reaching out to others and finding ways to touch the lives of friends, family members, and people in your community. It’s about resolving to make the world a better, kinder, happier place.
You might think, “But I’m just one person – how can I change the whole world?”. Just remember that kindness tends to have a ripple effect. One small, generous act or kind deed may literally impact thousands as people continue to pay it forward over and over again. You actually can change the world.
Don’t forget that not only does volunteering benefit others, it also helps your own mind, body and soul by keeping you active and socially connected to the people and the community around you. After all, it’s hard to feel bad when you’re helping someone else feel good.
So as you set your goals for 2017, consider some of these suggestions for ways to make a positive impact:
- Teach. If you have a special skill such as baking, woodworking, writing or singing, share your knowledge with someone who wants to learn. Passing on a lost art keeps it alive, but it also gives the learner an incredible new gift they can use for the rest of their lives.
- Donate your time. You may not have money to spare, especially if you are a senior on a fixed income, but you can give your time to those who need it. Babysit for a single mother, drive patients to appointments, or visit people who are housebound and in need of a little company every now and then.
- Save a life. Donate blood, sign your organ donor card, take a CPR course through The Red Cross or another local organization, or volunteer your time with a humanitarian agency. Visit the Council on Foreign Relations (US) or Global Affairs Canada for more information on humanitarian organizations that need your help.
- Cook up a storm. Organize and cook a dinner for the families staying at your local Ronald McDonald House using a Foresters Community Grant. The meal provided will enable families going through a tough time to feel a little spoiled and the funds the House would normally allot to food can go to other needed items.
- Host a care kit event. Foresters Community Grants allow members to plan local activities for their families and other Foresters members, creating exciting volunteer opportunities – like a Foresters Care Packages activity. Foresters can provide you with up to $2,000 in funding, as well as tools and resources to help ensure that your care kit event is successful. You and your family members might put together hygiene kits for a local homeless shelter, or comfort kits for children in crisis, for example.
Remember that while January is a good time to set goals intended to help those around you, it’s also a great time to resolve to take care of your own financial and legal well-being. Legal Link is a unique member benefit that assists Foresters members with estate planning, family law, real estate transactions and many other legal matters. It gives members access to certain complimentary and discounted legal services and a large network of lawyers right in their own area. Everyday Money, our toll-free financial helpline, connects you to an accredited counselor who can help answer your questions about your personal financial matters such as debt management and budgeting. Visit MyForesters.com for more information on both of these important member benefits.
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