The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions continues despite the fact that by February most have already ‘broken’ theirs. This isn’t due to failings, weakness, or lack of will power, but instead based on many other factors including the power of habits, intentions, heartfelt passion, and intrinsic motivation.
We’re not fans of resolutions. But, how about a different approach? Here are several habits that we whole-heartedly support – actually a calendar full of ideas for fostering well-being. The Greater Good Science Center developed a calendar of actions to cultivate kindness, compassion, empathy, and gratitude. These qualities also require establishing habits, maintaining strong intentions, and applying effort, but the experiential results happen quickly and are reinforcing – They enhance complete well-being – our own well-being as well as the well-being of others. They spark passion, meaning, and purpose; and interconnection with others.
Establishing habits takes intentional effort until the desired habit becomes automatic. This requires a bit of diligence, self-awareness, mindfulness, and gentle reminders, but the effort is worth it. Plus, experiencing the benefits quickens the process. Regardless on which date you begin, continue into the next month and then keep going. You won’t regret it! Contact us and we’re happy to send you a calendar (firstname.lastname@example.org), or go to The Greater Good Science Center to download one.