A New Year’s Resolution That Will Benefit Others

My friend Danielle and a couple of her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania are working on a neat project called Resolution12.

The idea is simple: Instead (or in addition to) making a resolution for yourself — lose weight, get healthier, etc. — make a resolution that’s more outwardly focused and that’s going to help people besides yourself:

There are a lot of Christians posting there so let’s add some atheists to the mix.

I’ve already posted mine:

What’s yours?

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Anonymous

    I resolve to be good without god!

  • Anonymous

    I resolve to be good for goodness’ sake!

  • Dean

    This past year I volunteered 12 different places in 12 months. 

    The idea was to explore what charities really spoke to me, so I have a better idea which ones I will stick to in the years to come. I also now have experiences I can share to encourage others to volunteer there time. In the next couple of weeks I hope to have my blog post up where I talk about my experiences in each place in detail.

  • BertramCabot

    Here is one for atheists…from a remark made by one of the most influential atheists of the past two centuries:

    “Elimination of the weak and defective, the first principle of our philosophy. And we should help them to do it!”

    Nietzsche, from “The Anti Christ”, sec. two.

    • Cobwebs

      Tell ya what–we’ll pretend that something said by one atheist, whether influential or not, is a sentiment shared by all atheists everywhere on the condition that you let us choose any position held by any Christian, no matter how batshit insane, and say that all Christians feel the same way.  Deal?

  • gabeln

    I am going to put my money where my mouth is: every time I make a post or comment criticising, mocking, being angry at something etc., I am going to make a $10 contribution to a charity that works against whatever it is.

  • Anonymous

    I resolve to further my endeavor to combat bigotry (particularly sexism, my personal Berserk Button) by treating all people not as bodies which are male or female, white or black, American, Chinese, or Russian, but as raceless, sexless, nationless human minds; and by staying conscious of the fact that it is our beliefs, actions, and principles as individuals that differentiate and establish us as unique but equal human beings.

  • Kat

    “I resolve to stand up against religious bigotry, sexism, racism, homophobia, police brutality, and the push to accept perceived norms as not just “normal” but necessary, even when standing up is inconvenient for me or I am outnumbered or outpowered.”

  • Silo Mowbray

    I resolve to show compassion, mercy and understanding rather than judgment over the mistakes of others, recognizing that I too have made some pretty poor choices in my life. I will live by the code, “To err is human; to forgive, refined.”

  • Silo Mowbray

    I resolve to show compassion, mercy and understanding rather than judgment over the mistakes of others, recognizing that I too have made some pretty poor choices in my life. I will live by the code, “To err is human; to forgive, refined.”

  • Silo Mowbray

    I resolve to show compassion, mercy and understanding rather than judgment over the mistakes of others, recognizing that I too have made some pretty poor choices in my life. I will live by the code, “To err is human; to forgive, refined.”

  • Silo Mowbray

    I resolve to show compassion, mercy and understanding rather than judgment over the mistakes of others, recognizing that I too have made some pretty poor choices in my life. I will live by the code, “To err is human; to forgive, refined.”

  • Silo Mowbray

    I resolve to show compassion, mercy and understanding rather than judgment over the mistakes of others, recognizing that I too have made some pretty poor choices in my life. I will live by the code, “To err is human; to forgive, refined.”

  • Silo Mowbray

    I resolve to show compassion, mercy and understanding rather than judgment over the mistakes of others, recognizing that I too have made some pretty poor choices in my life. I will live by the code, “To err is human; to forgive, refined.”

  • EJC

    I resolve to do nothing. I mean that. Resolutions are silly little promises we make to ourselves that show a lack of the bigger picture.

    Why not just live the best you can and let what may, be what may…

  • EJC

    I resolve to do nothing. I mean that. Resolutions are silly little promises we make to ourselves that show a lack of the bigger picture.

    Why not just live the best you can and let what may, be what may…

  • EJC

    I resolve to do nothing. I mean that. Resolutions are silly little promises we make to ourselves that show a lack of the bigger picture.

    Why not just live the best you can and let what may, be what may…

  • EJC

    I resolve to do nothing. I mean that. Resolutions are silly little promises we make to ourselves that show a lack of the bigger picture.

    Why not just live the best you can and let what may, be what may…

  • EJC

    I resolve to do nothing. I mean that. Resolutions are silly little promises we make to ourselves that show a lack of the bigger picture.

    Why not just live the best you can and let what may, be what may…

  • EJC

    I resolve to do nothing. I mean that. Resolutions are silly little promises we make to ourselves that show a lack of the bigger picture.

    Why not just live the best you can and let what may, be what may…

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    I will work harder to encourage religious people to let go of their prejudice against atheists. I will respond to their fear with reason, to their anger with calmness, and to their abuse with a strong defense, but one that does not return the abuse.

  • Natsera

    I will give only to secular charities, so that no one who receives my help will be under the illusion that it came from God, Jesus or Christians, nor that Christians are any better than anyone else.

  • http://forthesakeofscience.com/ Michael Hawkins

    Sorry, just picking an old post to test out the login.