Why New Year’s Resolution Suck

And A Much Better Alternative!

Can I hear a virtual “Amen!” from my readers?!

new year cartoonAre you ready? It is soon to be that time of year when you turn on the TV or look at your internet news and you’ll be bombarded with headlines like this:

“How To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions This Year!”

“Making New Year’s Resolutions That Stick”

“My New Year’s Resolutions for 2014”

Well, I for one don’t really believe that January 1 carries some mystical force that propels me to be motivated to conquer the world beginning on THAT day.

Why? Two reasons….

1. I live in Minnesota and we’re usually buried under a bunch of snow on January 1. It isn’t really a time of new beginnings but more a time of shoveling, scrapping off your car and dirty entryways from all the boots, hats, gloves and coats that track in all the snow.

2. I’m just coming out of my haze of the holiday season. Don’t laugh but I start playing Christmas music the day after Halloween. I love the holiday season! People just seem to be in better moods. I agree with that Elvis song “Why Can’t Everyday Be Like Christmas?” So when New Year’s Day is done, I’m pretty bummed that this season of giving is over. Not exactly the right mindset to tackle some goals!

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newyear2-elvisAccording to the University of Scranton and its research on this subject, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.

So 92% of people who make New Year’s resolutions fail! Yikes!

Why do I want to risk that kind of failure when there is a better alternative?

What is that alternative you ask?

Practicing gratitude.

A few years ago, I began keeping a journal that I wrote in at the end of the day. It was random and often times filled with frustrations or problems. After listening to a speaker talk about a gratitude journal, I decided to try it and changed my focus to find things I was grateful for. It could be as simple as the sun shining when I took a walk or my son having a friend over. But that simple switch totally changed how I viewed life. It made me look for things to be grateful for which in turn changed how I interacted with people and how I viewed events throughout the day.

Want scientific proof? Read on…

In a study on gratitude by Robert Emmons, PhD. professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, he randomly assigned participants one of three tasks. Each week, participants kept a short journal. One group briefly described five things they were grateful for that had occurred in the past week, another five recorded daily hassles from the previous week that displeased them, and the neutral group was asked to list five events or circumstances that affected them, but they were not told whether to focus on the positive or on the negative. So what happened?

Ten weeks later, participants in the gratitude group felt better about their lives as a whole and were a full 25 percent happier than the hassled group. They reported fewer health complaints, and exercised an average of 1.5 hours more.

So forget about the New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, have better relationships or improve your health! Just practice some simple gratitude and you’ll get these benefits without the pressure of a New Year’s Resolution!

I’d love to hear what you think about New Year’s Resolutions! Share this article and send me your comments at kathleen@kmchangeisgood.com


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