A New Year brings a new chapter, a fresh start, opportunities for change, and a plethora of New Year’s Resolutions. It is estimated that 45% of Americans will make New Year’s Resolutions. The most common include:
1. Lose weight and get fit
2. Eat healthier
3. Quit a vice (smoking and drinking alcohol are the most common)
4. Save more money
5. Travel more
6. Spend more time with family
7. Go back to school/Learn something new
The success rate for Americans keeping a New Year’s Resolution is only 8%. This might lead some of us to give up on setting goals altogether. However, instead of being discouraged by the statistics of people in general, or even past personal failures, I encourage you to consider a different New Year’s Resolution and a different approach to be successful.
2016 New Year’s Resolution: Become a more generous person.
Here are six keys to success:
Embrace generosity: We are created to give. Research shows that generous people are happier, healthier, and more satisfied with life. Begin by considering how people have already been generous to you. Make a list of what you are thankful for, focusing on what you have been given rather than what you do not have.
Be intentional: People who explicitly make goals are ten times more likely to achieve their goals than people who do not set goals. Becoming more generous has to be more than a nebulous statement. What will “becoming more generous” look like in your life?
Find a cause: For years I would resolve to lose weight, work out, and do some cardio. However, it was usually for vanity and I would always return to my former lifestyle. Last year, after a visit with my doctor, I was faced with the reality that my health was suffering, not just my appearance. Since that date I have changed my lifestyle. Vanity was not a sufficient reason for me to stop drinking sugary drinks and consuming carbs. However, being healthy to enjoy my life with the people I love was worth pursuing. What cause turns your heart to others?
Start small: Begin with an amount that allows you to be successful. Too often people think that the amount they give is too small and choose rather to not give anything. However, no amount is too small. The road to becoming a more generous person is a journey. As Mary Poppins said:
Divert an expense: You have to give something up to give something away. When I went back to school last year my professor asked me what I was going to give up in order to give time to complete my degree. That was a great question. It forced me to make changes in my life to be successful. What expense can you drop from your budget in order to give money to a cause?
Spend time with a generous person: Generosity is contagious. We become more generous when we see generosity modeled. Who do you know that is generous? Spend time with them. Ask them questions. Seek their advice.
Double Your Money in 2016!
We need you! Please consider becoming a Peace Partner by giving financially to Peace Partnership.
Our donor campaign for 2016 is Double Your Money! A generous foundation has offered to match donations to Peace Partnership in 2016.* Your $100 monthly gift could turn into a $200 monthly gift or your one-time $1 billion gift turns into $2 billion! (Ok, maybe that was a stretch, but you get the idea.) This is a great way to influence the lives of people who need your help.
If you would like to support the valuable work we do at Peace Partnership please visit peacecounseling.org/#support, contact our office directly at 816.886.0195, or contact the Director of Development, Jeff Cox, at email@example.com.
*Matching is limited to the first $200,000 in donations.
Santa’s Little Helpers
This year, in lieu of giving Christmas gifts to one another, our staff decided to adopt a local family we became connected with through one of the Independence elementary schools. We had way too much fun shopping for Christmas gifts for this family and delivering them on Christmas Eve along with a delicious Christmas dinner. The saying “It’s better to give than receive” really is true! It was our pleasure being a part of their holiday.
Thank you for being a huge part of our success in 2015! We are anticipating a great New Year in 2016 with the Double Your Money campaign Jeff introduced and are excited for you to experience it along with us. Before we say goodbye to 2015, we want to acknowledge some of you who gave generously. Here are December’s “Thank You Notes”:
- Thank you, Liberty Diversified International, for fostering an environment of generosity by providing financial gifts your client can pass on to the charity of their choice. Every dollar makes a difference in someone’s life.
- Thank you, Unilever, for participating with your employees in giving to causes they are passionate about. Your financial gift enables us to impact our community.
We appreciate the support of all of our partners. Your gifts are invaluable. Thank you for believing in what we do. If you would like to find out how to become a Peace Partner, please click on the link below or contact our Director of Development, Jeff Cox: firstname.lastname@example.org.