Why do we make New Year`s Resolutions?

Latvia
January 1, 2009 2:10pm CST
...and then comes THE END of number 2008 and THE BEGINNING of 2009 appears. And then we tend to make Resolutions. We promise to ourselves: # to loose weight # to study harder # to travel somewhere # to read more books # to find a better job # to change our character # to get a new haircut # to be more polite with neighbors, etc So the question is: WHY DO WE MAKE RESOLUTIONS like this? Most of us will not fulfill non of them or most of them, so- what is the point to make such Resolutions at all?
3 responses
• United States
1 Jan 09
Well,at least we make an effort. Many people actually stick to at least some of them. While they'rejoked about often, resolutions can be just the motivation we need to do things we know we should be doing.
• Latvia
1 Jan 09
We clearly know WHAT SHOULD we be doing, but do we always do THOSE things? Do You?
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• United States
1 Jan 09
Of course not, but those who take resolutions seriously often get serious things accomplished. Mmost of us don't wait for New Year's, and we just do what we must as necessary and when necessaary. If a tiny little push is needed, resolutions could do the trick.
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• Latvia
1 Jan 09
Yes. It really is like a small push that reminds us to keep promises and to remind to ourselves: what things do we (or I) value the most and would like to achieve. Because during a year we tend to forget what we want and promised to do...Agree!
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@kreola23 (97)
• Philippines
19 Feb 09
Some people want to achieve something that they push themselves to do. others have wanted to do something for a while, and never had the time and strength to do it, so if they make it there new years resolution, they try to stick by it.
• Malaysia
2 Jan 09
Perhaps I'm not the most of them who doesn't fulfill non of them, I believe new year resolutions give me a stronger sense of my aims for that year. Every year is a different year, so I think we tend to hope for something different, most probably something better as well. Making resolution makes that year something different with the past (unless you make the same old resolution every year). Like last year, I promised myself to learn cooking a few new dishes and make them as tasty as I can get. Keeping that in mind, I had some success, and when I really have nothing to do, the new year resolution comes to mind and fills the time; eventually, it makes that year, a little special. Even if we don't fulfill what we expect, we still have something to guide us, when we find ourselves lost.