26 progressive New Year's resolutions worth making
By Jo Piazza / current.com / @jopiazza
It was touch and go, but it looks like we have survived 2012. We made it through the best and the worst the universe threw at us — the election, Benghazi, the Olympics, the Mayan apocalypse.
Now we have a clean slate. Yes, 2013 is yours for the taking. What will you resolve to do?
Let's put aside the ready-made, run-of-the mill resolutions. If you haven't quit smoking already, is it realistic to think your New Year's Day hangover will be enough to make you throw that pack of smokes into the rubbish bin?
Do you really want to join the gym with all the chubby resolutioners in their brand-new sneakers and workout clothes on Jan. 2? Wait until it gets a little warmer and take up jogging.
Want a resolution that will be the envy of your friends? We have 26 of them, all progressive, all good for you and your fellow man, and all completely possible to keep for the entire year.
Be a better you in 2013. You deserve it.
1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Burn calories instead of coal. Your booty will thank you.
2. Join Meat-Free Mondays. (It's OK to be a vegetarian just one day a week.)
3. Donate to Planned Parenthood.
4. Switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs, CFLs.
5. Buy fewer prepackaged grocery items, more fresh food. Not only will you create less waste, but you'll also reap the benefits of farm-fresh organic food.
6. Get rid of your second car.
7. Do more free-cycling.
8. Bike more. Besides the obvious benefit to the environment, think about spending all that gas money at the organic farmer's market instead.
9. Plant your own garden.
10. Vote in elections big and small. You can't complain about who wins if you don't participate.
11. Stop texting while driving. This is just common sense.
12. Be honest. Lying is for the other guy.
13. Watch Current TV.
14. Be less angry. Breathe a little more, grumble a little less.
15. Buy a stranger a coffee once a week. You'll feel warm and fuzzy.
16. Keep the thermostat at 64 this winter. You look cute in sweaters.
17. Think before you status update. Does the world really need to know what you had for breakfast?
18. Ditch the plastic shopping bags. What else are you going to do with that tote NPR sent you as a donation gift?
19. That's a good reminder — donate to public radio this year.
20. Buy local.
21. Start e-reading. The trees will thank you.
22. Clean out your closet and donate the clothes to a secondhand shop.
23. Stop watching "The Kardashians" and meditate for 30 minutes instead. Your soul will thank you.
24. Adopt a pet!
25. Try not to let your Republican co-worker get to you. Remember, we won.
26. Switch all your monthly bills to e-billing.
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