New Years Resolutions: Why Should You Make Them?

Ava Cumiskey, staff writer

It’s December 31st, 11:59 PM, right before everyone’s yearly reset. January 1st is one of the most important days, as it marks the beginning of a new year. For some, January 1st is just another normal day. However, for others, it’s day one of their yearly resolutions. Although in the first couple of weeks these new goals seem easy to attain, how many people actually stick with them? It is very common for people to set resolutions that are easy to give up on, but continuously working towards these goals creates great success!

Kris 6 News says many of the most common New Year’s resolutions include exercising more, losing weight, getting organized, learning a new hobby, living life to the fullest, saving money, and spending time with family. However, there are tons of other New Year’s resolutions that people can set for themselves.

Cara Lawton, sophomore at NPHS, has two important goals she wants to accomplish throughout the year: “I want to keep a good grade point average in my classes and get better at lacrosse.”

Some people avoid setting resolutions because they have failed to keep them in the past.

NPHS sophomore Kelly Cook said: “I don’t have any resolutions this year, because I couldn’t keep up with them in the past.”

Cook previously made a New Year’s resolution to go to the gym everyday, but was unsuccessful because she “never got a gym membership.”

In fact, a study at the University of Scranton proves that only 8% of people successfully accomplish their new year goals.

Lawton has been among that successful 8% in the past:  “I was able to keep my resolution which was to live in the moment. I was worried about the future and I thought I was pretty successful in that.”

She believes that making goals is important to keep yourself hopeful and have a positive view for the future: “You hold yourself accountable for the entire year, and it makes you feel good once you accomplish something that you’ve been really working hard towards.”

Both Lawton and Cook believe that people can benefit from setting goals for not only themselves, but for the school, community, and world.

“Everyone should be more kind to each other and make everyone feel welcome. We should also wear masks and stop the spread of COVID throughout the school,” said Cook. 

Lawton agreed: “Everyone should try to do one nice thing a day and for students, they should keep good study habits.”