UOG Expertise: Make your New Year's resolution matter
By Else Demeulenaere
For the Pacific Daily News
Every New Year, people all over the world come up with New Year’s resolutions, which can guide them in improving their lives.
But often people don’t stick with these promises because they are too ambitious, too ambiguous, or seem to only affect themselves, which makes it easier to break promises as they are non-binding.
But what if your resolution affects your natural environment, your community, your island, or even the entire planet? This would strengthen your commitment and give it meaning, which may motivate you to stick to it.
Else Demeulenaere is the associate director for UOG’s Center for Island Sustainability, where she mentors students and leads several forest restoration, endangered species recovery, and ethnobotanical projects. She writes a Saturday column in the Pacific Daily News appearing in the Lifestyle section. She may be reached at 735-2918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.