Another year is coming to an end, and we should all take some time to reflect on 2016. How can we make 2017 even better?

Many New Year’s resolutions consist of pledges to lose weight, spend less money, or travel— and while these are all very respectable and worthwhile resolutions, I have something different in mind for my own.

My New Year’s resolution is simple: I just want to be a better person.

I think we should all work to make positive changes— both big and small —in the world around us next year. Even taking actions that require minimal effort on our part could make someone else’s day. I have compiled a list of 50 ways you and I can make a positive impact next year. I will strive to be a better person in 2017, and I encourage you to do the same. Who knows? You could help someone more than you’d ever realize.

  1. Volunteer for a cause you are passionate about.
  2. Smile at someone you don’t know.
  3. Read a book to a child.
  4. Start recycling (or recycle more often).
  5. Make an effort to be nicer to people.
  6. Write a thank-you note to someone who has helped you recently.
  7. Assist a friend or family member with a chore.
  8. Donate clothing you don’t wear.
  9. Give a pep talk to a friend who is struggling.
  10. Pick trash up off the ground when you see it.
  11. Donate blood.
  12. Become CPR certified.
  13. Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth.
  14. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  15. Bake cookies for your neighbors.
  16. Adopt from an animal shelter.
  17. Thank a service member or veteran.
  18. Thank a police officer.
  19. Speak out against racism, sexism, xenophobia, or homophobia.
  20. Hold the door for a stranger.
  21. Use a reusable water bottle.
  22. Be a courteous driver.
  23. Take shorter showers.
  24. Stay informed on politics.
  25. Tell your loved ones that you love them.
  26. Say “please” and “thank you” more often.
  27. Become a mentor.
  28. Start a fundraiser for a cause you care about.
  29. Use fabric shopping bags instead of paper or plastic ones.
  30. Use your phone less and interact with the world more.
  31. Donate to charity (even if it’s only $1!)
  32. Take canned goods to a food pantry.
  33. Organize a bake sale and donate the proceeds to a charity of your choice.
  34. Compliment someone.
  35. Start a garden.
  36. Share a book you love with a friend.
  37. Visit folks at your local senior center.
  38. Register to vote.
  39. Tutor at a local school.
  40. Become an organ donor.
  41. Share your art with others.
  42. Take a loved one out to dinner.
  43. Be a role model for someone.
  44. Become more active in your community.
  45. Support local businesses.
  46. Be more accepting of others.
  47. Step out of your comfort zone.
  48. Forgive more often.
  49. Listen before you speak.
  50. Be the change you want to see.

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