Happy New Year everyone and it’s that time of year when we all decide to change our lives for the better. Compiling a list of actions to improve our lives is almost a rule at the beginning of a new year. This isn’t just a new year of course though, it’s a new decade isn’t it? So a bigger list perhaps?
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition where a person resolves to change a personal behaviour or trait, accomplish a personal goal, or somehow improve their life.
We’ve all done it haven’t we? Drawn up long to-do lists of all of those things that we ‘really’ want to do. And to be brutally honest most of us have failed to stick to the majority of items on that list. Apparently, according to some top-notch survey, less than 50% of people that resolvesomething at New Year stick to their list. Perhaps their lists are too long and they should just concentrate on one thing?
Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions
These are the ten most popular resolutions that we make at the beginning of every single year.
- Lose weight
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Exercise more
- Live life to the fullest
- Save more money
- Become more organised
- Stop smoking
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Travel more
- Read more books
I haven’t resolved to do all of these but over the years quite a few have cropped up in things I’ve wanted to improve in the year ahead. It always seems like ‘losing weight’ and ‘exercising more’ are the most obvious and heavily taken up when you see so many people jogging or joining the gym in January every year. Not sure how many are still exercising come February though.
We have never been ones for specific resolutions on January 1st as we have always felt that if we need to change or need a goal then that can happen at any time on any day. The date changing from December 31st to January 1st doesn’t actually change anything for us, apart from my finances spreadsheet of course (geek).
We haven’t really discussed resolutions this year at all. Often we’ll ask each other what we’d like to achieve or if there is anywhere specific we would like to go but we now know each other so well that those questions are always ongoing. But we do have a few resolutions I guess, some of which are ever-present ………..
- Seeing our boys more often
- Visiting our friends Eva and Ottmar in Austria
- Deciding once and for all if we are going to return to New Zealand at some stage
- Watching more live cricket
- Plan a long English canal walk
- Visit yet another Christmas market
- Teach Jon how to cook
- Finish planning and book our big trip of the year
Any others we should add to our list? Sensible and silly ideas welcome.
Our Resolution History
In the past we have been caught up in the whole resolution business and often announced that we would be doing something differently just because the calendar had changed. I don’t think any of these hastily thought out ideas lasted very long or changed our lives but I suppose we did consider it a bit didn’t we? So a few changes we were definitely making were;
- Learn to Juggle
- Start Ballroom Dancing
- Go jogging every day
- Eat more healthily
- Swim every morning
- Learn all 50 US States
- Listen to a brand new song every day
- Learn the words to the rudest poem ever, Eskimo Nell
(most of these were mine obviously, especially the last one, as Jo is pretty perfect the way she is).
Are New Year’s Resolutions pointless?
Absolutely not. A lot of people change aspects of their lives for the better and improve themselves because of the whole resolution list so it can’t be a bad thing. The process is almost always a positive move so again it’s hard to criticise. I think the only flaw is that people have too many changes that makes it impossible to succeed. One or two that really are achievable are much better than a list of 20 far-fetched ideas.
My favourite New Year’s Resolutions
It’s always interesting to hear what others would like to change or improve but my personal favourites are the joke-ones. Here are a few that I really like.
Happy New Year
So our real New Year’s Resolution is to just say ‘Happy New Year‘ to everyone out there and try to continue being happy and healthy throughout the year ahead. If you have made your own resolutions then I hope that you are successful in achieving them.
It was just another day really but one that perhaps made us all step back and consider our lives for a moment. That has to be a good thing doesn’t it? Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?