Are New Year’s resolutions worth making?
Before every New Year, people all over the world make resolutions to better themselves in the upcoming year. The tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions goes all the back to 153 B.C. January is actually named after mythical god named Janus. In the story, Janus had two faces. One face was looking forward, and the other was looking backward. People believed this allowed him to look back at the past, and look forward to the future.
Every year, people make these resolutions, but do they really work? A study by the Huffington Post shows that only eight percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. I asked a group of people, all different ages and genders, two questions. The first question was if you had made any New Year’s resolutions. The second was if they are still pursuing that resolution, or if they have already given up. I found that people under 18 either do not make resolutions entirely or have already given up.
“My New Year’s resolution was to go to bed at 10:30 every night. This would prevent me from procrastinating, and from not getting enough sleep. Unfortunately, I have gone to bed at 11:30-12:00 every night this week,” 15-year-old Briana Turner said.
“I never make any New Year’s resolutions, because I know I will never go through with them,” said 17-year-old Stacia Rispress.
However, people 18 years or older seem more persistent on keeping their resolutions.
“My New Year’s resolution is to eat better, workout three days a week, and to be happy. So far, I have kept them, and I don’t plan on quitting anytime soon,” 18-year-old Holly Wintering said.
“My resolution is to workout on Tuesday and Friday on top of what days I already am, Monday and Wednesday. For the past two weeks, I have worked out every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday,” says 36-year-old Kristopher Camp.
New Year’s resolutions are usually not very easy to continue to do all year, but not impossible. It only takes 21 days to make something a habit, so just push through that first month and it will all get easier from there. Good luck, and Happy New Year!