Making a Resolution to Give Back? Secrets to Sticking with It

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January 2, 2014

If you’d like to give more of your time, money, or talents in the coming year, here’s how to formulate a plan that will help you follow through.

Whether it’s raising money for your favorite charity, giving tours at the local art museum, or collecting donations for the regional food bank, you’ve made the promise to give more of yourself in this coming year. And that’s a smart resolution. Besides the help it provides others, volunteering can help you meet new people and develop skills while boosting your mood and your health.

Now, how to stick with it? The key is finding something you enjoy that fits your schedule, while also identifying an organization that needs your skills.

“Doing activities that match your values—like working for human rights causes because you have a commitment to fairness—can make the volunteer work more compelling and easier to find time for,” says Caroline Adams Miller, a performance coach and author of Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide. “A smart volunteer commitment can also be something you want to learn, something you want to do with a friend, or something that’s convenient.”


Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP is a pioneer with her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal-setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. Caroline is the author of eight books, including Positively CarolineMy Name is Caroline,  Creating Your Best Life and Getting Grit. Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top ten goal-setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the ten books that will change your life in 2017.  Her new book, Big Goals, is anticipated for release in the fall of 2024.  Caroline has been featured in BBC World NewsThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News &World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and CNN.  She is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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