By: Madison Welsted/Content Editor
As long as I’ve been alive, New Year’s resolutions have been popular. People just can’t seem to let up the tradition, and that’s certainly not a bad thing. In fact, jumping on the bandwagon for making New Year’s resolutions can be quite beneficial, especially since doing so tends to promote healthier and happier lives. So, just how beneficial are New Year’s resolutions?
First of all, and also most obviously, people make resolutions that are going to change their lives for the better. From losing weight to picking up a new hobby, committing to a resolution overall is committing to better physical and emotional health. It doesn’t get much more beneficial than that. With each new year, people are inspired to improve their lives throughout the year’s duration, and there’s really no reason to not take on these goals if they are going to enrich life in the long run.
Another reason to support New Year’s resolutions is because of their convenient timing in the year. The new year has connotations of good spirit and success, which many people want to bring about with a fresh start. Creating resolutions fulfills that desire/need, and allows people to avoid feeling stuck in their lives, not to mention how easy it is to track the progress of the change because it starts right on the first day of the year. Another benefit to the timing of New Year’s resolutions is the fact that in many places, specifically in northeastern PA, the winter weather is in full swing. For many, the bitter cold and lack of sunlight can cause depression or similar negative feelings. Instead of having nothing to focus on but those dark and freezing mornings, a New Year’s resolution can provide motivation to get up in the morning and be active. Often, the resolutions people choose involve exercise or eating healthier, both of which lessen any depression symptoms and benefit overall moods.
Of course, there is a downside to everything. In this case, it’s commitment. The truth is that while many people are eager to set goals, it’s a lot harder to follow through with them in the long run. However, New Year’s resolutions can have a binding effect on people with their goals because of social media. Left and right people post about their New Year’s goals and display their progress along the way. When other people see and support these posts, it serves as motivation to follow through so as to be true to the original resolution. This type of social media dedication is popular when it comes to New Year’s goals, and posting about one’s one progress can even benefit self-confidence on top of inspiring others to make their own goals. Overall, commitment to a New Year’s resolution might just be easier than trying to set goals at another time because of the popularity of them and social media’s encouragement.
When it comes down to it, there’s little if any harm in making a New Year’s resolution. In most cases, making one promotes self-care, healthier lifestyles, and self-confidence, while also reducing feelings of unhappiness. Of course, similar goals can be made at any other time of the year, and most likely should be made in order to increase these benefits. However, the timing of the new year is just perfect for many people to make a beneficial change in their life, with the progress being easy to track and social media encouragement always near. Needless to say, there’s nothing wrong with New Year’s resolutions if there’s nothing wrong with improving life.
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