Welcome 2019 by being better humans


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New Year’s Day is here after a year of highs, and, unfortunately, heaps of lows.

2018 was filled with disappointing events around the world that should open our eyes and challenge our minds in the New Year to be better, think better and do better all around. We need to treat our fellow humans better.

U.S. News says that 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. But most of these continually unachieved resolutions are the same: lose weight, curb a bad habit, eat healthier, workout more.

Instead, let’s stop setting unrealistic physical goals and start 2019 with just one resolution that seems to be overlooked for all of the physical ones— to be a better human.

Give some change to the homeless person on the corner. Volunteer. Say “please” and “thank you” more often. Let that person out in front of you on a traffic-filled road. Smile. Talk to the new person in class that may not have any friends yet. Help the elderly person to their car. Hold the door for someone.

The amount of kind, unselfish acts for our fellow human is limitless. Not only will it change your mind after extending many kind acts, but it will change the minds of those around you, too, and maybe they’ll join in. No one will ever regret being the kind one, doing kind things for others.

So, for 2019, I propose a new resolution for everyone instead of the same, overused ones. A resolution of kindness— a resolution to be a better human.

Start small, like a simple “How are you?” or “Have a great night, drive safe.” Even if you can’t give a little spare change out, you can volunteer your time because it’s a humbling experience that everyone needs. Start looking behind you when opening a door to see if you can extend a hand to a stranger. Kindness knows no end.

The possibilities of being a better human are countless and should be everyone’s resolution today, and for the rest of the year.

Welcome, 2019.

Let’s all be better humans.