December 1, 2020
Congratulations, we’ve made it through 2020! We’ve proven to ourselves that we’re disciplined and strong! And we appreciate even more what our family and friends mean to us! Does that mean we don’t need to make resolutions this year? Maybe. But it’s always good to have a goal. So, if there’s nothing to resolve for yourself, why not direct your resolutions outward for 2021?
It feels good to do something nice for someone; even science tells us so. A study published in the journal Nature Communications asked participants to spend money on either themselves or others over a four-week period. The group that spent money on others reported feeling happier than the control group that spent money on themselves, no matter how much or how little they spent. And that generous feeling continued to influence the decisions they made for subsequent tasks in the study.
We’re not suggesting you go out and spend money on random people, of course (unless you want to). In fact, you don’t need to spend any money; you can do nice things for your family, friends and community that take little money, not much time and allow you to maintain social distance when needed. Here are some ideas:
While it’s important to be kind to yourself, make the extra effort in 2021 to look outward and take care of those around you as well. Here’s to a better and brighter new year!
Is your idea of a morning routine hitting the snooze button three times and then dragging yourself out of bed in just enough time to slide into work as the clock strikes 9:00 a.m.? You may get some extra sleep, but let’s be honest: A frantic race to work, whether at home or in the office, is probably not the best way to start off a productive day.
Filing taxes for 2020 was…challenging. Yes, that’s a good way to put it. Not impossible, but not exactly fun, either. While your 2021 return hopefully won’t be quite as much of a challenge, there are still several unusual factors to be accounted for (e.g., Child Tax Credits and Economic Impact Payments).
We buy pets as holiday gifts with the best of intentions. Haven’t decades of commercials shown us that there’s nothing more adorable than a cute little ball of fluff jumping out of a gift-wrapped box into its new owners’ welcoming arms?