By Carole Caine Special to Published Dec 31, 2015 at 12:44 PM

I think that New Year's resolutions are B.S., and I think most people think so, too.

Why do we feel the need to make some random promise to ourselves, fully understanding that it will hold true for a couple of weeks and then it's over? Do we really think we are going to hold on to the promise of losing weight, quitting smoking, drinking less and getting healthy? Who are we kidding?

But this year I think we need to re-think the resolution thing. As we close out 2015 and welcome in 2016 maybe we make a promise to ourselves and stick with it this time. Don't get me wrong: this is not some kind of let's sit around the campfire, sing songs, hold hands kind of kumbaya moment.

Well, it is a little bit.

Here's what I am thinking. I think we as a whole need to start being nicer to people.

We all know how to be nice. It's just that so many of us have either forgotten or just refuse to do it. I don't know; maybe those people just didn't get hugged enough as a child. But, really how hard can it be? Niceness is defined as being agreeable, pleasant and kind. I think we know how to do that.

I understand that everyone is busy. We're all so busy taking care of work, kids and home. Run, run, run, run and never fast enough.

Am I waxing poetic because it is the holiday season? Maybe. But, maybe it is the perfect time for a little waxing poetic.

There are so many horrible things that happen in today's world. There's a whole list of it. Too many to even run down. People just being mean to people.


How hard is it to help your neighbor or just say hello? How hard is it to volunteer at a local shelter or hospital, donate to a charity or say thank you to a veteran?

Aren't we all a little tired of the meanness and viciousness? I call those personality traits energy vampires. It sucks the life out of a person leaving nothing but an empty shell.

We all know how good it feels when someone goes out of their way to make our day brighter – so why not pay it forward? I love people and I believe kindness is in everyone. It's just time to bring it out again.

So bring back the resolution. In 2016 we are going to make a concerted effort to be nice and kind to someone/everyone. Make it through the year and then we will address what we want to do for 2017.

Have a happy New Year, everyone!

Carole Caine Special to

Carole Caine comes from Beloit, but is a 30-year media veteran in Milwaukee. Prior to joining OnMilwaukee as a features contributor, she served as half of the popular “Dave and Carole” morning show.

Now, Carole serves a number of roles in Milwaukee media. She’s a host at WVTV-18 and fills in on “The Morning Blend.” She is also doing voice work for several regional clients.

Carole, her husband and her dog live in Mequon.