In addition to benefiting society as a whole, volunteering can also do a world of good for you and your mental health. "Helping those who are in need is a great way to keep perspective about what you are going through," clinical psychologist Cindy T. Graham, Ph.D, told POPSUGAR.
On Jan. 1, do some research about volunteer opportunities in your city or town. If you're not sure where to start, just think about your passions. For example, there are countless underprivileged children who could benefit from free tutoring and mentoring — so if you love kids, you'll have no shortage of options. Animal-lovers can always find a shelter that needs their help. For people who are passionate about the arts, there's very likely an arts organization that could use your skill set.
To find volunteer opportunities near you, visit VolunteerMatch. You don't need to make any final decisions on New Year's Day, but it's the perfect time to get the ball rolling.