Why New Year’s resolutions will look different this year

Forget losing weight and exercising more. After 2020, families are focusing on values.

This year, Marva Brown’s home in Brooklyn was a little quieter. “We've always been a family that welcomed people into our home, but with COVID you can't really do that,” says the mother of three. Instead, the park across the street became her family’s de facto living room. They attended organized events, and the kids learned how to ride two-wheel bikes. Brown even joined the nonprofit that maintains the park.

So it’s no surprise that one of Brown’s resolutions for 2021 is to get even more involved in the park. "We are going to be out raking leaves. We're going to be caring for the butterfly habitat," she says. "This is a wy for us to help our environment, learn, and get outside and be active."

For many families like Brown’s, 2020 has been a strange mix of disappointments and new discoveries. And as the year comes to a close—and the reality of vaccines moves closer—families are looking at 2021 as an opportunity to figure out how to use what they’ve learned this year to impact their lives in meaningful ways—for next year and beyond.

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