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New Year’s Resolutions should not be obsolete

Jessie Bright, Writer

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In past years, New Year’s resolutions were popular among everyone. They were a way to start fresh, to put into action the phrase ‘new year, new me’. Recently, however, more and more people have begun to neglect their New Year’s resolutions. Some may argue that this tradition is obsolete, a tradition of the past, but New Year’s resolutions are tradition for a reason.

New Year’s marks the end of the holiday season and begins a new year full of possibilities and new beginnings. This is the perfect time to incorporate new habits into daily life as people begin to move back into their regular schedules.

January first is also a specific date to begin resolutions. One of the biggest things many people struggle with when trying to self-improve is simply getting underway. Having a concrete date to begin new habits allows for better preparation and carving out time in advance to invest into resolutions.

Besides the benefits of this particular time of year to begin resolutions, self-improvement in general has many benefits for starting fresh in a new year. Making resolutions requires self-reflection and an open mind, and by observing and learning from the past year, people can find the best ways to improve their lifestyle.

According to U.S. News, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February— and that’s if you’re lucky. This is a big counterargument against New Year’s resolutions, but it’s one that can easily be fixed. The biggest problem with New Year’s resolutions isn’t the type of resolutions people make, but the number of resolutions they make. Rather than making ten resolutions that become forgotten within two weeks’ time, take the time to think up one or two productive, meaningful, and beneficial resolutions to focus on throughout the year.

Another statistic by the U.S. National Library of Medicine states that some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, stopping smoking, and saving money. Something all three of these have in common however, is not positive at all, but a negative. To be able to keep any kind of resolution, a certain kind of mindset is required. Instead of making a resolution to stop doing something, such as a bad habit, make a resolution to do something instead of that habit.

Making New Year’s resolutions is a great way to take a fresh new perspective both internally and externally, as well as begin a new period of life with a different mindset. Making small changes in the way resolutions are viewed and brought to reality will make a huge difference in their effectiveness and the way they

change lives.

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