I came up with an idea to do something I'm calling "monthly dedications" as an alternative to New Year's resolutions.
This month, for example, I'm going to dedicate to my late dad and try to emulate one of his qualities that an impressive number of people mentioned at his memorial service - and that is not speaking ill of people. That includes gossiping, criticizing, tearing down, or laughing at.
It'll be a challenge but that's my goal for the rest of January. And it'll be fun to think of someone to dedicate February to and what I admire about them as something to try to do better.