Before we focus on why new year is considered as a good time for resolutions, let’s find out exactly how many people actually keep up with their new year resolutions.
Studies tell us that surprisingly, only 75% of resolutions are continued through the entire first week of January, while only 46% make it past 6 months! And as a matter of fact, over 40% of people in their twenties achieve their resolution each year as compared to only 14% of people over 50 years of age. That clearly shows the commitment and responsibility of today’s youth.
But, why do we consider New Year so suspicious to make resolutions and not any other day of the year? Well, the scientific reason traces back to history of medieval period by Babylonians who made promises to their gods at the beginning of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. Since after, this tradition spread to other communities and dynasties, and today has become a worldwide tradition.
Another good reason why we make resolutions on new year is to aspire to be a better and good person after each passing year. As humans we commit mistakes, face hardships and throughout the year our life takes us on a ride like a roller coaster. So at the end of each year, we promise ourselves to carry good memories along ourselves while discarding the bad ones. We also make certain promises to ourselves so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes that we did in the previous year. And with positive/good energy, we step into a new year!
But to be honest, I’m not thoroughly satisfied with this tradition. At times, people postpone their resolutions to the new year’s eve considering it be to a better opportunity to set goals and pledges. This often ruins a person’s mentality. I believe that there is no good or bad time to set aims and at the end of the day, it only matters how seriously you are committed to them. A person should not wait for any event or any particular day to set goals, it is nothing but an exit strategy to face your real-self.
So friends, this new year, make resolutions that you are confident enough to keep up with. Don’t set the bars too high, so that later on you feel nothing but disappointed. Aim to be a better person before anything else.