Broken New Year's Resolutions And Fun

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In Old Babylon

Some historians believe that the Babylonians wrote the first New Year's resolutions -- and people all over the world have been breaking them ever since!

New Year's Resolutions - Useful Or Terrible?

Do you avoid the chore of making New Year's Resolutions and feel guilty or resentful, because other people expect you to make them?

Sometimes, making resolutions is not any fun and keeping them is even less fun! Making changes is making progress, so change can be good - but why wait until New Year's to change? Once a year change is certainly easier on us than Continuous Improvement at work every day - a person could go stir crazy!

I actually do not make New Year's Resolutions, but choose some goals a few times a year and work in smaller steps to achieve progress during every month.

However, I have a lot of friends that make the Official New Year's Resolutions and always break them before February.Then they feel bad. Some of them become depressed or angry about it, but others take on a sense of humor about the whole tradition.

In a recent holiday email, I received the following picture:

New Year's Day - Time For Resolutions...Or An Aspirin

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The Caption That Came With the Above Photo From Friends:

"To all my friends who sent me best wishes in the New Year,

Or promises of good luck if I forwarded something,

It did NOT WORK.

For the New Year,

Could you please just send either

Money, Chocolate or Gas Vouchers/Gift Cards.

Thank you! "

...♥ Hilarious, don't you think?

Happy New Year Everyone!

Here Are Some Resolutions You Might Be Able To Keep! - From Walt Disney

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The Top 15 American New Year's Resolutions

Unfortunately, many of these resolutions are broken early on, during January, even during the first two weeks of the year.

You can see that the Top Three New Year's Resolutions in the United States all involve controlling one's weight and money. Both of these elements have become big problems in American culture and they appear in broadcast news nearly every day.

Maybe this will be the new year in which America can solve some of the underlying problems that cause these scourges of obesity and poverty!

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Pay Off Debt
  3. Save Money -- See also "Songs About Money"
  4. Get a Better Job
  5. Get Fit & Healthy - Go to the doctor and have a physical exam, ask for diet and exercise advice..

"Get Fit and Healthy"

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Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.

— Benjamin Franklin

I couldn't open up a magazine, you couldn't read a newspaper, you couldn't turn on the TV without hearing about the obesity epidemic in America.

— Morgan Spurlock

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

— William James

(Top 14, as reported by the US Federal Government at gov.com.)

Exercise your purchasing power as a consumer, volunteer and bring joy to those in need, and share your experiences, tell your stories, and inspire others along the way.

— Blake Mycoskie

A Good Resolution

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Make Resolutions, Break, Start Over!

Don't be hard on yourself if you have broken your New Year's Resolutions already Here are some tips to follow that can help:

Start Over. Use a more positive approach and find out what disrupted your good intention. Than you have something to work with, so make a new plan.

Skip Some Resolutions. Choose a smaller, more reachable goal with a reasonable time frame. Choose one or two resolutions, not 10. And not all Top 14 listed above.

Pick Your Own. Don't let your friends or family tell you what to do about resolutions. Everyone should work on themselves, not someone else.

Make a Written Plan. Keep a Log Book. Plan your goals in smaller steps and write them down there, Each smaller achievement you make will drive you forward with new zest.

Include Your Friends in your resolutions. Use them as accountability partners, but not if they are going to brow beat you about your resolutions. Just stay away from negative people - that is a resolution in itself and you are welcome to borrow it

Forgive Yourself for failing. If you did not fail sometimes, you could not progress with new ideas. Don't beat yourself up -.1,000 years from now, no one is likely going to know anything about your broken resolutions. It won't be in tomorrow's headlines, either. No one I know has their life together 100% of the time.

Celebrate Yourself. You have to like yourself right where you are before you can gain momentum towards your goals. Reward yourself when your shorter-term and intermediate goals are met. Then you can

Celebrate All Year Long! - You might want to start a Gratitude Journal or join a Laughter Club.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

— Abraham Lincoln
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Happy New Year!

Yipppeeeee! (Fireworks at Detroit/Windsor; public domain)
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© 2008 Patty Inglish

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kpfingaz 8 years ago from ~~~

I broke my resolution on Jan 3rd. No big deal.

Cool hub!


Iðunn 8 years ago

cute hub and also quite practical. :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Patty! It's not nice to make fun of my photograph...

I made a resolution not to make any resolutions , I'm still focused

Hilarious I love the HUB regards Zsuzsy


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I love your photograph Zsuzsy, but I actually found it someplace else. Obviously the one I used was an imposter :) I'm so glad you are keeping your resolute nonresoluitons.

kpfingaz - yep, most people give 'em up!

Iouun - it stated out all fun and took a left turn. Haha. :)


Iðunn 8 years ago

that's the best way. :) I enjoy your Hubs a great deal.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanking you so much. //////////////// (many bows...)


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

This is a timely hub, appearing just when people with broken resolutions abound. Thanks, Patty!


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Patty I did not make any. Like you I make muine on my Birtday. Not that many either

Thank you for the resovement of all the broken ones.

I like the hippo


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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I love the purple slippers in the pic! Could they possibly be cuter AND uglier in one hit! Priceless!

Adore the flow of this hub! A little serious and a little fun! Great!

Smiles and Light


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aanaedwards 8 years ago

Gain Weight !! This has been my resolution from years. But still no success :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Just like life - a little serious and a little fun. Thanks so much for all the fun cooments!

aanaedwards - maybe you will gain weight with a little age, or not. :)


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

That's a cute picture. Ha. I think by including friends and family and doing a group resolution, helps to follow through.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Yes, a group reolution might work. That's perhaps what company vision planning amounts to I think. That leads to personal vision, personal mission statements, etc. :)

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