OP: New Year’s resolutions lead to self-improvement

22 January 2019

Joy Webb

jwebb4@uccs.edu

    A new year is not only the start of a new period consisting of 365 days, it’s also an opportunity for new goals and new beginnings. Starting fresh is something that many people need, and is also therapeutic for an individual’s growth and introspection.

    During the year, with work, school and other commitments, it can be hard for people to find time in their busy schedules to reflect on goals or aspirations that they want to achieve. The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to think about resolutions that a person may want to reach before the next year. Even if all of the goals aren’t met during the 365 days to come, it gives a person something to aspire to.

    According to an article from Psychology Today, New Year’s resolutions are helpful because they are “how we get things done, it’s the language of brain, goals mean clarity, goals give us meaning, they make us feel good, goals mean progress, the alternative is the default, and goals keep us connected.”

    Resolutions leave room for self-improvement, and provide a goal to aim for in the days to follow. Writing New Year’s resolutions down in a notebook or planner can help make these goals turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. If someone can look back at their resolutions during the year, it can keep them on track to eventually meet them.

    Even if these resolutions aren’t written down, just thinking or talking about them can help bring them into existence. Often times New Year’s resolutions are laughed at or made fun of, but people wanting to better themselves shouldn’t be looked down upon.

    We need more positivity and commitment to reaching goals in every aspect of our lives, and New Year’s resolutions can help to facilitate all of these positive goals that are hoped to be accomplished in the new year.

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