New Year’s Resolutions: Do people Really Keep Them?

Megan Chrisler, Staff Writer

At the start of each New Year as the ball drops in Time Square, people all across the nation toast to their health and the promise of a better tomorrow. Most people jump start this better tomorrow by making the ever fading New Year’s resolution. They make promises to themselves to change their ways, break bad habits and start better habits right when they start the new calendar. This idea may seem good in theory, but when put to practice these resolutions never last.

New Year’s resolutions are a tool used by people to procrastinate what they should do today, into a whole other year. While there are a select few who actually have the motivation and willpower to finish a resolution made at the beginning of the year, most will either go strong for the month of January and quit, or not even try to keep it at all.

The most entertaining part of this resolution frenzy is the rush of gym memberships. Most of the time when people make a resolution, it is to make themselves healthier or more fit. Because of this, many will purchase a gym membership to kick-start their promise to themselves. They will then proceed to go to the gym on a regular schedule for about two or three weeks until they grow tired of this routine and drop it all together; thus successfully breaking their resolution and their bank account at the same time.

For those who complete their resolutions, they might not be the healthiest of goals. Most people of the college age will either not make one at all, or make a resolution that involves binge watching Netflix to clear their need to watch list. While this is technically finishing the task, this is not what the New Year’s resolution was made for. It was made for self-improvement and empowerment; not many can say that they complete that anymore.

Rather than making a resolution, I would recommend a suggestion to yourself. Don’t put a huge amount of pressure on yourself. If you can make a step forward, that’s great; but if not, no one was harmed.