You know we will all die, and hopefully have some sort of ceremony where loved ones and others get to say goodbye to us. But that inevitable death can make a big difference in the way we live our life today.
"In the US we have trouble understanding because we don't see how vulnerable people are who are poor and without education, without any hopes that their children's lives will be better than theirs have been."
Most resolutions fail because they don't make us happy while trying to achieve them. For instance losing weight, exercising more, working harder. Also, they aren't attached to anything bigger than ourselves.