This Is The Healthiest New Year’s Resolution You Could Make
Moving forward isn't as hard as you might think if you're making a New Year's Resolution. The act of resolving is often healthier than the resolution itself.
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Resolutions: Why Do We Make Them?
Many typical New Year's resolutions include things you’ve always planned to do but never got around to, like perhaps losing weight, learning another language, quitting smoking, spending more time with loved ones, exercising and other personal goals.
And while typically New Year's resolutions start off with the very best of intentions, more often than not, they are left by the wayside for another year. Perhaps this is the nature of resolutions – perhaps, they are meant to be fleeting. If so, then why do we make them?
Non-Resolvers Are Less Likely To Follow Through On Resolutions
Research has shown that about 50% of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, less than 10% manage to keep them. This is because they make too many resolutions at once.
In the study New Year's resolvers and non-resolvers interested in changing a problem later were followed for six months via telephone interviews to determine their self-reported outcomes, predictors of success, and change processes.
The two groups did not differ in terms of demographic characteristics, problem histories, or behavioral goals and what they wanted to change, such as weight loss, exercise program, and smoking cessation being the most prevalent.
Resolvers As Predicted Were More Successful
Not surprisingly, the resolvers reported higher success rates than the non-resolvers; at six months, 46% of the resolvers were continuously successful compared to 4% of the non-resolvers.
Self-efficacy, skills to change, and readiness to change assessed before January 1 all predicted positive outcome for resolvers. Once into the new year, successful resolvers employed more cognitive-behavioral processes but fewer awareness-generating and emotion-enhancing processes than the non-successful resolvers.
Whether you’re a resolver or non-resolver, it’s healthy to make a New Year's resolution than to not make one. While several bad habits, it seems, are easier to keep than one single resolution for many, the healthiest resolution anyone can make is the resolution to look forward. Taking this one step by resolving to make one small positive change in the new year, whether it be changing your diet, growing your hair or kicking your smoking habit, shows will, optimism and self-caring. It is this willingness to let go of the past and look ahead toward the future that is healthiest resolution you could make.
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Ultimately We Make Resolutions So We Can Move Forward
When you make a New Year's resolution what you are actually doing is resolving to feel better about an aspect of yourself. This is such a positive thing -- to express optimism and hope that the next year will be a better year than the last. No matter what problems or issues the prior year may have handed you, the mere fact that you can look beyond them and continue to look ahead with a spark of hope, and some measured enthusiasm is the Auld Lang Sane that propels you forward. Bidding farewell to a past year or an unwanted habit and looking forward to another year is the healthiest New Year's resolution anyone can make.
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