Why Set Yourself Up For Faliure? Ditch Those Resolutions!
On January 1st, over 145 million people across the United States woke up with a New Year’s resolution. Many of those resolutions will likely be inspired by events from the previous night. However, research from the University of Scranton found only 8 percent of those people will achieve their New Year’s goals — or even keep them for longer than three weeks.
The unfortunate fact is that our tradition of making New Year’s resolutions isn’t doing us much good. But this doesn’t mean we should give up trying to better ourselves! Instead of deciding on an obscure resolution every year, why don’t we try building better habits? We’re kicking off the new year with some articles that will help you do just that.
Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail
If you always seem to abandon your New Year’s resolutions by March, it’s not because you’re lazy or because you can’t improve. When it comes to broken resolutions, psychology is to blame. The entire culture around New Year’s resolutions is built on false hope that doesn’t last. Our brains just aren’t wired to change with the methods people employ when making New Year’s resolutions. This article dives into the reasons your resolutions never last and what you can do to change that.
5 Steps To A New Habit
You can’t rely on the burst of motivation you feel on New Year’s Day to carry you through the rest of the year. If you really want to exercise regularly, learn a new instrument, or start writing that book, you need to develop the right habits to get you there. Starting a new habit might sound intimidating, but you’ve started habits throughout your whole life without ever realizing it. You just need to learn how to use that to your advantage.
How To Break A Bad Habit
Habits are powerful. It can be difficult to build good habits and twice as hard to break a bad one. Even when we know something is bad for us, we do it again and again. If your New Year’s resolution involves drinking less, cutting out social media, or no longer biting your nails, this video can help you understand why we fall back into bad habits and how to break them once and for all.
Just For Fun: 11 Strange Habits Of Geniuses
Not all of our habits are good or bad. Some of them are just a bit weird. If you have some odd habits, you’re not alone. Many of the greatest minds in history have some pretty weird habits, from standing on their heads to drinking way too much coffee. Do you share any odd habits with these celebrated geniuses?
Here’s to a new year full of good habits!