December 30, 2015
With the end of another year drawing near what may be on most of our minds, aside from festive New Year plans, are making those New Year’s resolutions. After all, it is the time of year to reflect on the year past and make predictions about the year to come.
I, for one, will miss 2015. As I get older, as do those around me, I feel a greater (albeit pointless) need to slow everything down, especially in today’s world of instant gratification and constant, fast-paced connectivity. I can only imagine that I am not alone in this sentiment. However, I will also greet 2016 with the anticipation, hope and enthusiasm it deserves. After all, a new year brings all sorts of new adventures to be had!
Yes, the excitement and exhilaration of the holiday season is dying down, but we still have much to celebrate with the festivity of a new year right around the corner. And just what is it about the prospect of a new year that inspires us to set goals, make vows, and compose promises that, according to one Forbes.com article, only 8% of us actually keep?
Nytårsforsætter (New Year resolutions), like most rituals and customs in our lives, are significant ways of marking transitions. Just as we look forward to spending time with loved ones each holiday season, we also look to start out a new year with a fresh outlook; to improve upon our selves and our lives, a hypothetical cleansing of the soul. Setting goals and predictions for the year to come is another way for us to feel that connectedness to our selves and each other.
Although the statistics on following through with resolutions seem dismal, there are some tried-and-true tactics and science-backed tactics for sticking to those annual resolves.
So, skål (cheers!) to you and yours this nytår (New Year), and if you do end up needing help sticking to your nytårsforsæt (resolution), selvfølgelig (of course), there is an app for that!
Godt nytår! (Happy New Year!)