Do New Year's Resolutions bring Happiness? (public domain image)


I don’t think I’ve made a New Year’s Resolution in my entire life! Maybe that shows the half-hearted attempts at change that some make near the new year. Because if I have made one, I DON’T EVEN REMEMBER IT, MUCH LESS ACCOMPLISHED IT!

The question is, do they work? Do resolutions bring happiness? Or is that even the purpose of resolutions? Everybody wants change even when they are content with the general direction of their lives. If you are happy with life you feel confident to ‘go to the next level’. If you are unhappy with life then you have even greater motivation for change. So a New Year’s resolution might be the tool to make the shift. Simply stated, resolutions only bring happiness if they bring the change that was desired! Sadly, without a game plan to succeed in the resolution, the odds are strongly against you. But hundreds of millions of folks around the world continue to want change. Woo Hoo!

So what are the most common resolutions made going into 2017? Thanks to a research company called iQuanti, (DRUM ROLL), Here are the results!

  1. “Get Healthy” – over 62 million searches
  2. “Get Organized” – over 33 million searches
  3. “Live Life to the Fullest” – nearly 19 million searches
  4. “Learn New Hobbies” – over 17 million searches
  5. “Spend Less/Save More” – nearly 16 million searches
  6. “Travel” – nearly 6 million searches
  7. “Read More” – over 4 million searches

Is that what you expected? Yep, no real surprises, except #7 Read more. Read more what? Hopefully blogs! :} My personal favourite on the list is #3 . Live Life to the fullest! That is admirable, but how? That is going to be different for every one. That is the beauty of having a Lifeplan. You can custom tailor your desires to the outcome that brings you happiness. (What this space for an upcoming offer for Lifeplan Online, so you can customise goals to suit who you are).

Real change starts in the heart of a person. So if you have made a resolution for the new year, sit quietly and ask yourself how badly you want the change? In order for you to achieve what you are hoping for, you need to ask yourself “Is the resolution really going to bring you happiness?” Sometimes our motivation is not from the heart and if we fail in the resolution, then we feel defeated. Sometimes we are trying to please someone else by a NY resolution and generally that’s not going to work, but sometimes it will be enough if that person is very dear to you. If you are genuine about the resolution you’ve made here is an acronym to help you achieve. START

Start– every goal has a beginning a middle and and end, writing the goal down and why you want it is a good place to start.

Teamwork– are there others who can help you achieve your goal? Maybe an accountability partner.

Activate– put steps in place that are measurable and achievable into a list that you can tick the box when you’ve hit the mark.

Review– take time to reflect on any progress you’ve made. It’s a great motivator to push ahead.

Transform– you will change as you move closer to your goal. Make it last! Permanent change is transformation!

Be transformed into the person you were meant to be!

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