Historically, New Year’s resolutions date back some 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. Throughout the years, the celebrations have not always been the same, nor were they even at the same time of year that we celebrate New Year’s. Still, it is attributed to the Babylonians, since at that time, they “made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed.” This does not seem to be an adverse thing. Rather, we should all take heed to the principles they set, which is the forerunner to our New Year’s resolutions.
Regardless of the tradition’s roots, New Year’s resolutions today are a mostly secular practice. “Instead of making promises to the gods, most people make resolutions only to themselves, and focus purely on self-improvement.”
Just what does the term “resolution” mean? It is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” It also means “the quality of being determined or resolute (unwavering).”
With that said, what is your New Year’s resolution? One study found that 46% of participants who made New Year's resolutions made them regarding improvement of physical well-being such as exercise, weight loss or quitting smoking.
Other popular resolutions were:
· Improvement of education, such as grades or reading more
· Helping others by entering into volunteer work
· Improvement of self, such as watching less television or playing fewer video games
· Improvement of social skills such as being less grumpy or to quit cursing inappropriately
Most people who made New Year’s resolutions reported the reason they failed to keep their resolution was due to one of the following reasons:
· unrealistic goals
· failure to keep track of their progress
· forgetting the resolution altogether
Interestingly, one survey showed one in 10 participants in New Year’s resolutions “claimed they made too many resolutions;” which seems to me to fall under the category of “unrealistic goals.”
DON’T BE DISCOURAGED
One study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology showed that a person who makes a New Year’s resolution is 10 times more likely to actually change their behavior than those who don’t. The reason for this is a resolution gives a person the feeling of a “fresh start.” It is also a landmark in time for one to point back to. The bottom line here is this: a resolution gives one the opportunity to exercise their willpower and therefore gives them a renewed chance at improvement.
I found this very helpful quote regarding change:
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
Remember this: the New Year gives one the opportunity for New Beginnings.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM INTERIORS FOR SENIORS
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