New Year’s resolutions slowly being broken

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New year, new resolutions for 2020!

The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions around 4,000 years ago. Even today, people are still creating New Year’s resolutions with the intention of following through. Unfortunately, many people break their resolutions before the end of January, which leads to the question of whether resolutions are becoming overrated, and if they’re even worth doing anymore. 

New Year’s resolutions come at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as a new chapter of their lives begins. Many people believe that New Year’s resolutions set them up for failure because they feel restricted to a calendar. There are also quite a few people who set the bar too high and end up failing because they didn’t start working slowly towards an ultimate goal. 

Mrs. White said, “I think some people are truly determined to change their lifestyle, and they improve. Most people want to but somehow fall short.” 

An estimated 50% of Americans participate in New Year’s resolutions every year. Plenty of people’s resolutions involve weight-loss programs, quitting smoking, and other lifestyle changes. In 2018, 45% of American’s resolution was to lose weight or get into shape. Meanwhile, only an estimated 20% of Americans keep their resolutions. 

Senior Sarah Whirlow stated, “I do not participate with New Year’s resolutions because I never actually end up following through with them.” 

Whether the tradition should end or not is up to the individuals who participate in creating resolutions every new year. Making goals should be specific and thus making them easier to tackle, rather than making a broad resolution that’s hard to reach. The more specific people get when making goals, the easier it will be to get through each step to reach a bigger goal. 

If resolutions are worth it or not will never truly have an accurate answer, and neither will the question of if they have become overrated over the years; each situation depends on the person and if they decide to follow through with their goals for the new year.