The psychology behind New year resolutions
As we step into a new year, we make resolutions every time. Each one of us has been doing this because we remind ourselves of the changes we need in our lives. But do we ever abide by our resolutions? No, we don’t. It is similar to ‘promises and rules which are meant to be […]
As we step into a new year, we make resolutions every time. Each one of us has been doing this because we remind ourselves of the changes we need in our lives. But do we ever abide by our resolutions? No, we don’t. It is similar to ‘promises and rules which are meant to be broken’.
There are infinite resolutions that pop up on our social media pages which stay there and get locked and forgotten very easily. Human mind states a lot of insecurities with these promises. These promises come out as result of what we lack and we know we cannot overcome them because we do not even bother to change ourselves. Though we need changes, we are still scared of enforcing them for we know that our changed attitudes might actually take away our comfort zone. This comfort zone is something that we never want to come out of.
The various resolutions that are made can be anything like ‘getting up early every day’, ‘organising our own life’, ‘spending time with our loved ones more than before’, ‘giving up smoking or alcohol’, ‘exercising everyday for a good health’ and many more in almost the same categories. These are the smaller ones yet never cared for, mostly dumped. Dumped because we don’t stick to them and get bored of following schedules…actually following a schedule doesn’t attract our lazy senses.
Even then, we make resolutions. It is more of a fashion to do so. With the increasing social media network and the craving to be in limelight, we always find ways and means to let the people know that we are one of the ‘concerned’ lot and that we want the world to acknowledge our presence by checking 24×7 as to how many people have reacted to our awareness. Also to find out what new stuff is going on in people’s minds, opening up our resolutions is the easiest way to get ideas for doing something different which is actually never carried out.
The question here is why only on the advent of a new year do these resolutions come to mind? We seem to have timed ourselves to declare something that we never want to follow. And making resolutions is the only rule that is followed, very natural to us humans, isn’t it? The rest of the year has too many tasks to handle, so if the resolution chart is forgotten, we have a good excuse.
I am not a psychologist, I am merely stating what I have seen and observed. I can only vouch for one thing that if have ten points in my resolution list, only 2 will go unseen or uncared for and that is why I don’t go public with mine. I would rather achieve something and then declare.