Many of us will enter New Year’s Day the same way. No, not drunk (although, probably that too). We start the year filled with hope and optimism. Even the cynical among us can’t help but feel just a twinge hopeful that this year will be better than the last.
And it’s with that hope that many of us set New Year’s resolutions that, let’s be honest, 99 per cent of us will not stick to past January 31st.
Yet – and I don’t want to get all Oprah on you, but – we all have the power to make our world the world a little bit better in 2018. The best part is, you don’t have to do anything grand. Simple, little actions can make a big difference.
So with that in mind, we’ve shared seven suggestions for ways you can make 2018 a better year.
Set up a monthly donation to a charity of your choice.
We said these were easy actions right? Well, it doesn’t get much easier than signing up for a monthly set-and-forget direct debit to your favourite charity. It takes less than 10 minutes to set up online at most charity’s websites.
Whether it’s research for an illness like motor neurone disease, or supporting girls in third world countries learning to read, your monthly donation will make a big difference. The best part is, you can make any amount you can afford, like $10 or $30 – and you won’t even notice it leaving your account each month.
Donate your clothes.
Everyone has clothes sitting in their closet they no longer like or wear. Get a large suitcase out (or buy a big bag from a $2 shop), go to your wardrobe and spent half an hour filling it with the clothes you don’t need. Not only are you freeing up space for new clothes, but you’re going to make your chosen op-shop charity a bunch of much-needed cash.
Just try not to let it sit there for months before taking it to a Salvos store.