New Year’s Resolutions have always been a large part of celebrating New Year and being only a few weeks into 2013, many of those who made resolutions and promises are still running strong. However, that doesn’t usually last the rest of the year.
Taylor Bobbitt, a freshman in psychology from California, doesn’t make New Year’s Resolutions because she “keeps with it for five days and then quits.” She said the hardest part about resolutions is either trying to start right into something or trying to quit a bad habit cold turkey. “One year my resolution was to work out every day for an hour and a half,” she said, “And I was so out of habit with doing that, that I forgot to do it and broke [my resolution].”
“I feel like personal traits are easier to work on than physical traits,” said Alyssa Despain, a junior in business management from Washington. “…With personality traits, it’s a New Year, and you feel like you can really be a new person. But I feel like with physical traits, that’s something that comes along after you realize what you’ve done to yourself.”
“I’ve made the resolution to work out before,” said Despain, “It actually didn’t work until this last summer. It wasn’t on New Year’s. It was all of a sudden, one day over the summer, I had gotten so sick over the last winter semester that I was like: ‘I’m never doing that to myself again. I’m going to work out at least four days a week.’ And I have done that consistently since last July.”
“Making a New Year’s Resolution is nothing different than making a goal throughout the rest of your life,” said Erekson Short, a senior in psychology from Arizona, “So I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but when I see a goal I need to make, I make it then.” Short went on to say, “It’s the timing and the celebration of it, the social paradigm makes it easier for people to make New Year’s Resolutions. People think of a New Year as a new beginning, so they think ‘I’m going to turn over a new leaf.’ It’s this new thing, the idea of doing something new this year.”
People tend to save resolutions for the New Year because they feel that it is the beginning, and beginnings are the time to change and to pace yourself. “It’s like why people start diets on Sundays or Mondays,” said Bobbitt, “It’s the beginning of the week, and by the end of the week you can say you’ve done that diet for a week. It’s just a new beginning.”
“If you actually have a habit of keeping your New Year’s Resolutions then keep doing it,” said Short. “If you are able to keep with the resolutions, then they are a good, fun way to make goals and make good changes.”