Early in the holiday season, often as soon as Thanksgiving has passed, many of us start making plans for New Year’s Eve. And then almost automatically, it’s on to New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. Personally, I never make even one resolution. I’d go as far as saying I have a problem with them—maybe because almost everyone who makes New Year’s resolutions fails to see them through. With this being said, just because I haven’t made any, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t. For a lot of people, they do work, especially if you are looking to set goals for yourself throughout the year. I know a friend of mine who has a resolution specifically focusing on her overall health. She’s hoping to look into how she can lead a healthier lifestyle. So she is aiming to go to the gym at least twice a week, eat more vegetables and go on daily walks. She even added that she is going to compare life insurance with a number of companies, just in case anything was to happen to her later in life. You just never know. She felt that this was the most important aspect of her resolution, where she will be able to have everything covered. We’re all going to have different resolutions, so just make a note of what you are aiming to work towards and take it day by day. It may work for you or it may not.

I decided to look up the definition of resolution, thinking that perhaps it’s a word that’s misunderstood or misused. According to the dictionary, it can be defined as a decision, determination, or solution. So why is it that people feel they need to wait for a certain date to begin making healthy changes? Maybe they’re confusing “resolution” with procrastination, which is defined as delaying, putting off, or postponing.

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Keri Gans