I don’t think I’m going to make a New Years resolution this year. In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever make a New Years resolution again. This is simply because I never actually fulfill the resolution(s) I end up making. In fact, I doubt that most people do. We always tend to choose resolutions that are too outrageous to really stick with: Giving up sweets, pledging to go to the gym everyday, and vowing to quit unhealthy habits are some of the more popular unfulfilled promises.
As noble as it is to make these resolutions, I refuse to believe that the next year of my life should be based off of a pursuit that is probably too extreme for me to really be committed to. Instead, I prefer approaching the year with the sentiment, “I’m going to try to be a happier person this year, and learn from the mistakes I made last year.”
Because shouldn’t that be enough? When the clock strikes 12 on New Years Eve and champagne is sipped, while inevitably followed by a kiss underneath the fireworks, shouldn’t the “resolutions” we make simply be to try to become happier versions of ourselves? Instead of pointing out our flaws and punishing ourselves for being human beings, we should really be proud of the past year and excited to start the New Year as wiser and more experienced people.
Aristotle said “Happiness depends on ourselves.” New Years is about finding the happiness that was already within yourself, and using it to enhance your life and enjoy the year ahead. So this January 1st when you’re wishing all your loved ones a “Happy New Year,” don’t forget to wish yourself one too.