Happy New Year: Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Last

New Year's Resolutions

So, it is three weeks into the new year and people already are reneging on their new year’s resolutions at a rapid pace. Every year during the turn of the new year, everyone is relieved to get a “fresh start”. We promise ourselves to lose weight, stop drinking, be a better person, travel more, save money and you name whatever else. Year after year people seem to fall short and continue to live their lives as normal. But why can’t people stick to simple and sometimes complicated promises at the turn of midnight of the new year?

Well, the answer starts with common human behavior. Various studies have noted that it takes 21 days for a person to form a habit. Other studies state it takes 66 days and some found it takes as low as 18 days. No matter how long it takes, the common consensus is that this cannot happen over night. If you want to change something in your life, you have to work at it. The idea of “New Year, New Me”, is rarely the case. It takes discipline to form a habit or change things in our lives.

It is okay to be the same you and work on the new you everyday of the year not just on January 1st. Happy New Year!

Photo Credit: Anthony Quintano (flickr)

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