New Year’s Day represents the start of an annual mass-cultural effort to make positive changes in our lives, and improve our respective lots.
Whether you seek to abolish bad habits, instill good ones, become a better parent or partner, eat less saturated fat and sugar, regularly use dental floss, travel more, start a new hobby, clean out closets, go to therapy, learn to cook, take up hip hop dancing, actively listen, paint, be kinder, volunteer, resolve debt, go gray, change jobs, go back to school, face your fears, see a doctor, finally quit smoking/drinking/biting nails/complaining/being late/slacking/gossiping/coveting/texting while driving/ or, well … whatever — this is the traditional time to take it on.
We wonder how you all feel about resolutions. Are they inspiring, burdensome or a crock of hype? Do they work? If so, for how long? Should self-improvement efforts be so focused on one time of the year? Do we need a new holiday, “National Resolution Reminder Day” in July?
Take our poll and let us know, and if you want to publicly declare your resolutions for 2011 (albeit under the safety of commenter anonymity), go ahead and shout it out below. After all, simply stating our intentions can sometimes be the first step in making them so.
Good luck with whatever you resolve to do this new year. We wish you all health, prosperity, happiness and the strength to make improvements in your lives, should you see it fit to do so. Happy 2011, Baristaville.