To Keep or Not to Keep: New Years’ Resolutions

As January rolls around each year, approximately one in three Americans resolve to improve themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually follow through on those resolutions. It’s tough to maintain the enthusiasm after you’ve cleared away the confetti and put away the champagne glasses.

Besides, does it even make sense that a simple change in date holds the power to affect your life? If there’s something you haven’t brought yourself to accomplish now, why do we believe the first of the year will suddenly motivate us to do it? This question leaves a lot of people wondering if making resolutions is even worth the energy. Why not resolve to be a better person on every day of the year, not just one?

“No one’s ever achieved financial fitness with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.” – Suze Orman

“Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.” – Sophocles

“Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.” Henry David Thoreau

“How few there are who have courage to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” Benjamin Franklin

“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.” – Oscar Wilde

“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.” – Anais Nin

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