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Happy New yearby Jillian Bietz

It’s time to start setting goals for the New Year. Most people have New Year’s resolutions of some kind or another. The problem with such resolutions is that they are often too grand to achieve, and this often leads to disappointment and failure.

For example, if you are a strong “B” student, it might be too much to have “all A’s” as your goal. And maybe fitting in an extra activity here and there can be too strenuous for you lifestyle. How about a setting some easily attainable goals that will not only give you a sense of accomplishment, but might even help someone else!

Here is a list of a few suggestions that will make your year much better!

1. Help your Mom clean the kitchen. She does so much for you; why not pay her back in a helpful way?

2. Offer to walk the dog. If you don’t have a pet, ask your friends or neighbors if you can borrow one of their furry friends.

3. Read at least one book for fun, not for school. It doesn’t have to be boring-just something to get your creativity flowing. You might enjoy it! Ask your school or community librarian to help you pick out the perfect book for you. Don’t have the time? Check out Amazon.com for great reviews on some cool books!

4. Make a new friend. Don’t know what to say to break the ice? Give a compliment! People tend to open up more when you say something kind to them.

5. Say hello to someone at school that you don’t usually talk to– In fact, you just might make a new friend or at least put a smile on someone’s face!

6. Be kind to your siblings! Although it can be grueling at times, once you act maturely they will surely follow your lead. Plan a family outing to the movies or the ice cream shop and talk about what’s new in your lives. Who knows? Maybe you will gain more appreciation for your little brothers insect collection than you previously thought.

7. Get help when you need it– there is no reason to be embarrassed to ask you teacher how to solve the new math problems. That’s what they are there for! In fact, admitting that you need help makes you as stronger person, and shows that you aren’t afraid.

8. Watches less TV! It is definitely hard, but will be worth it in the long run. Instead of mindlessly flipping channels after The O.C is over, turn off the tube and do something productive!
9. Volunteer at a food bank, hospital, or any other place that needs help. Not only can it make you feel good, but also it helps other people who really need it.

10. Encourage others to take your lead by having a successful new year! It only takes a little something to come a long way!

Have a great year!

 

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