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Making Resolutions? More Like Making Punishments.

Sofia Papadopoulos

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As the new year rolls in, many students at Hills will start to draft their list of New Year’s Resolutions. But is this dreadful process worth it?

From asking to be a thousand dollars richer to ten pounds thinner, no one ends up achieving anything. That thousand dollars will quickly be spent after being earned and that ten pounds will lump back on within the next few months.

These “all or nothing” resolutions cause for a large hype until the day of failure. We are all excited to stop eating animals products or giving up processed sugar the day before, but one day in, and all we want is a hamburger and oreos – all of which lead to the downfall of each 2018 goal.

“Every year, I make the same resolutions that I know will never be followed,” said Hills student Jolie Newman. “It’s always the same- ‘I’ll be nicer to my sister’ or ‘I’ll procrastinate less,’ but all those things are way easier said than done.”

According to UCLA’s Newsroom, Hal Hershfield, a social psychologist at UCLA Anderson, said, “When people think of themselves in the future, it feels to them like they are seeing a different person entirely … like a stranger on the street.” He has found this through his searches into the minds of all when considering their future self.

Due to this mindset, it is destin for one to not complete a New Year’s goal. Everyone looks at their future self, in this case a person a month older, as an entirely different person who can complete goals with no issue. But, when one gets to the point that the goal needs to be executed, they are unable to because “someone else” created it.

Just eight percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, according to one commonly cited statistic. That 8 percent is only 68 of the 845 students attending Pascack Hills. In sixth grade I had 70 followers on Instagram, and, yes, that is sad. But, at least I am able to say that I had more Instagram followers than the amount of people who follow New Year’s Resolutions.

Yes, those 68 students would ideally be able to complete their goal and have the happiness and healthiness that assumably comes in hand. Oppositely, the rest will disappointed when they give in, leading to a New Year’s vibe that no one wants.

At the end of the day, resolutions are fun to make, but the small few are actually able to keep them. Save yourself from the inisial heartbreak of breaking your main goal and eat those Oreos – just work out too!

 

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