The Science Behind New Year’s Resolutions
THE SCIENCE BEHIND NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
New Year's Resolutions
Everyone knows what New Year resolution is. We are all in some way making them, voluntarily, or not. New Year is a very special date in our lives, we understand the change and feel that we need to portray it on ourselves.
where did new year's resolutions come from?
Historians believe that this tradition originated from Babylonian Kingdom, concretely from the festival called Akitu. People were fasting and praying to gods for a better upcoming year. We can probably find this in every culture, as well as in a Roman Empire. Julius Caesar established the first day in new year to be the first of January. This served as a appreciation of a god Janus. He also told his people to pray and to transform into better person next year.
However psychologists today say that resolutions have very logical meaning. When we are changing calendars we feel distant from our past selves and we tend to overlook our current imperfections. We are more prone to look into the future with rose tinted glasses and full of energy after the holidays. We are setting very high goals that are often not realistic at all.
It's all in the brain
New Year’s resolutions are inherently intertwined with willpower. The centre of willpower is the prefrontal cortex, a part of a brain right behind our forehead. This part of the brain is also responsible for decision-making and self-control. Some people say that the brain should be trained as a muscle and prefrontal cortex is not an exception.
Vague And Unrealistic Goals
The problem with most of them is supposedly lack of conciseness.
So, how to fix that?
1. Setting up small challenges and goals that advance you to your desirable objective.
2. Try something that is measurable.
3. Don't overkill.
We all want everything. Especially I do. I always try to do the most with my time and achieving everything I possibly can. But that’s not a way.
You’ll just become a stressed out person who won’t ever rest. Especially in New Year resolutions. If you set one goal and achieve it, it would be way better than creating 10 and achieving nothing.
4. Do you really want it?
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