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Why New Year’s Resolutions Are So Popular

Every December, TV and magazines are full of advice about what we should do the following year. Astrology pages and YouTubers promise a brighter future; for some people, this is the case. Generally, you will not find a single blog that will not refer to New Year. Everyone wants to remain optimistic, and a chance to build our hopes and faith comes once again in our lives. The majority of people love the whole process, while for some, this only makes them anxious or even sad. Today, we will discuss how this process functions and why people are divided into two categories.

  1. Giving a sense of purpose and program
    If there is something about New Year, this is planning. It is, by all means, the time of the year in which we tend to make plans the most. The purpose and program greatly download our existential anxiety and help us feel stable. They can be an occasion for motivation. Committing ourselves to a new desire or goal puts us one step closer to making it true. As many people say, the beginning is half the road to success. One can set new goals and begin to picture their future once previous goals have been accomplished.
  2. Resolving conflicts in our relationships
    Future shots can bring us closer to people. If, for example, a mother wants her son to get his degree, a new plan arises. The son often makes a commitment that they will finish their academic obligations this year. Things like that affect the relationships between people. The rule applies in all situations; relatives, friends, or even co-workers. So, some people consider New Year as an opportunity to work on their relationships. The whole period of the Christmas Holidays and the New Year’s resolutions are supposed to bring peace to people’s hearts.
  3. Helping us forget our mistakes
    Making mistakes is about becoming wiser. However, we have been brought up in a society that does not quite forgive mistakes. When we make a mistake, we feel guilty or inadequate, which does not work for the best. The New Year is like an empty page ready to be written again, right from scratch. People have the luxury of forgetting about their failures without going through the stressful procedure of judging themselves and realizing that they are common people like everyone else and do not have any superpowers.

Why do some people dislike New Year’s Resolutions?
For many people, the whole process as they conceive it could last a lifetime. Change is not a label that they would like to put on themselves or announce to others – especially on a particular day of the year. Existential stress is a perfectly normal reaction of our mentality, and we do not need to “cover it up”. On the contrary, when we “embrace”, it will be a source of wealth for our evolution. We have all heard stories about people who changed their lives in a day. Some claim it is a decision they made instantly and committed to it during their lives. Others suggest that just pure luck appeared on their path by chance and helped them move on. In any case, it seems that this happened spontaneously, and it was not something they programmed, for some people making plans works in a strange way. All it causes them is pure stress they cannot handle, which is why they dislike this period of the year in general.
Others do not find this occasion an opportunity to bond with others due to their life commitments. On the contrary, they want to avoid being people-pleasers, and they feel they are being manipulated. Motivation needs to come with respect to the unique rhythm of every individual to arise naturally and effortlessly. No one has to please anyone by succumbing to the demands and expectations they have from other people’s lives. Conflicts that are “resolved” with us complying, perhaps, are not truly resolved. They may remain open and simmer, creating mental discomfort.

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