There may be fewer sugary snacks on household shelves, a few more piles of fitness equipment and a boatload of initial motivation for some fired-up Hay Riverites.
But there’s always the question: Do New Year’s resolutions really work?
That’s one thing that’s been debated for many New Years, and it was behind some questions that The Hub put to a few Hay Riverites this past weekend.
The Canadian publication ‘Psychology Today’ cited a 2011 study called ‘If Scales Could Talk’. The study, completed by Kellogg’s, surveyed 1,000 Canadians. Of that number, 68 per cent said they made resolutions, but only 13 per cent kept the resolutions.
For 10-year-old Roxy Beaulieu of Hay River, keeping to a commitment made last New Year wasn’t too hard, given that she’d put a simple plan in place. She resolved to stop fighting or playing rough with her brother, as it bothered her parents.
“When I would see him, I just decided not to get mad,” she said. “I would take a breath three times and it made me feel calm.”
In an informal survey completed by The Hub, thefindings were that people made most resolutions in relation to physical and emotional health. Weight loss, physical activity, spending more time with family and eating right were among the most noted.
Most Hay Riverites we asked were pretty realistic about keeping and breaking resolutions.
Merissa Maurice said she believes in resolutions, but only if they are accompanied by their root: resolve.
She said habit forming, scheduling and goal writing are musts, and so is enthusiasm.
“I decided I would go to the gym more,” said Maurice. “I kept it up for one year and I lost 30 pounds, but I haven’t had the same results since. But I believe resolutions can work, and that everyone should try and have a fresh start and just go for it.”
For Dale and Lori Snow, the idea of a fresh start can often be most promising, but they acknowledge that committing to adjustments take time and effort, and sometimes being satisfied with life as it is yields a better return.
“We all seem to make them, but whether or not we follow them is another thing,” said Lori of resolutions. “I do make them, but after a few months, they sometimes go by the wayside.”
“I haven’t made any resolutions in a while,” said Dale. “I guess I haven’t had anything I’ve wanted to change over the past few years.”
— Angele Cano