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Mixed Reviews and Outcomes for New Year’s Resolutions

Throughout history, people have made new year’s resolutions, which include specific goals that they hope to accomplish in the new year. Within the Boys’ Latin community, students and faculty have taken the initiative of setting their own new year’s resolutions. Given that 2019 is under way, new year’s resolutions are now in full effect. Resolutions may vary from being healthier, saving money, and using less screen time, but they didn’t start out that way.

Sarah Pruitt writes on  History.com that the ancient Babylonians were the first people to make new year’s resolutions nearly 4,000 years ago. According to Pruitt, they were the first to celebrate the new year, making promises to repay their debts to their Gods. The Romans would later continue the tradition by making promises to God at the beginning of the new year.

However, in 2019 resolutions are more about personal reflection and goal setting. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 45% of Americans set new year’s resolutions, but many people debate whether or not resolutions are worth setting.

To some, resolutions help them stay focused and achieve goals in the new year.

“If I can stick to them, I believe that [resolutions]will help to improve my overall happiness and life,” said Mrs. Kenney, the director of counseling. Kenney believes that resolutions help people to stay “focused” and “on track”. Her goals are getting to bed earlier, working out more, less screen time, and having more down time with her family.

Others believe, however, that resolutions are are not helpful or worth setting.

“Why should it take until January first to set a goal?” said Senior Charlie Kenny. Charlie believes that resolutions are pointless, and that most end up failed within a month. He’s actually not wrong. According to Forbes, less than 25% of people stay committed to their resolutions come February.

If you’re still determined to better yourself, there are many ways to stick to your resolutions. According to the American Psychological Association, different strategies can increase the likelihood of staying on track. Starting small helps people to maintain their resolutions, rather than going into your goal all at once. For example, if going to the gym more is your resolution, start by going once a week and then grow on that. Along with starting small, also make sure to talk about your experiences with friends and family, and above all, don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

Photo via Gretchen Rubin