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It’s not your fault you didn’t make your New Year’s resolutions

  How are you doing with your plans for 2022? Caijing.com conducted a poll with 116,000 people participating, and found that only 4.8% of them completed their New Year’s resolutions. A survey of the American public also shows that less than 10% of people have achieved their New Year’s resolutions, and even 27.4% of them gave up within 7 days…
  Don’t worry, scientists have used psychology and neurology to help you find out. Excuses and reasons. Possible reason: The sense of ritual makes the New Year’s goals a bit floating: play songs in the bath, watch dramas when eating, sit by the window in the car, wear headphones when going out, eat cake for birthdays, and make plans for the New Year…
  From the perspective of social psychology It is said that this kind of behavior of doing some specific actions at a special time and place can bring a better sense of belonging to the group, give oneself a kind of recognition, reduce anxiety about future uncertainties, and add some expectations to life, so that the days There is more hope.
  In the new year, when you say “Bye Bye” to all troubles and “Hi! Hi!” to all happiness, the sense of ritual is naturally more intense. We are also more likely to be impulsive, feeling a little bit floating, a little powerful, a little stuff… What about promotion and salary increase, saying goodbye to being single, losing 20 pounds, it’s easy to tick off the little finger. At the beginning of the new year, while making a plan, imagine yourself after completing the plan, as if you have completed a gorgeous transformation and are heading for the pinnacle of your life! As for how to finish it… don’t worry!
  Possible reasons for giving up:
  willpower was “consumed” by the oppression of life. At the
  beginning I decided to train my abdominal muscles, but ended up staying up late to eat fried chicken. Don’t blame yourself too much. Psychologists have found that people’s willpower, just like the internal force in martial arts, may be limited within a certain period of time.
  A series of studies at South Florida State University found that when people were asked to suppress their emotional responses to movies (no laughing for comedies, no crying for tragedies), they experienced decreased stamina in subsequent physical tests. Another study also found that people who resisted the temptation of chocolate and cookies gave up more quickly on subsequent cognitive tasks. Put simply: For some people, self-control is so limited that control on a first task is followed by a decline in performance on an unrelated task. Just like many people, after finally overcoming the urge to sleep, fish, and quit their jobs, after a hard day’s work, their self-control skills have been exhausted, so how can they refuse the temptation of fried chicken?
  Possible reasons for giving up:
  not rewarding yourself in time. It is too difficult
  to resist temptation! Resisting temptation every day for 365 days is even harder! Watching myself, from being full of energy, to getting lazy, to fighting again next year…
  Could it be that I was born…
  No, no, no, it’s not that you surrender too easily, but that the New Year’s resolution lasts too long, and the road to the goal is far away Too far, too hard to hold on!
  A study by Kaitlin Woolley of Cornell University and Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago found that timely rewards are an important factor in determining whether long-term plans are followed through. Participants are more likely to stick if they receive immediate rewards from completing the program. On the contrary, if there is no reward or if it is delayed for too long, people may quickly lose enthusiasm and willpower and become unmotivated salted fish, unable to continue after a certain plan is interrupted. No wonder every time I persist for a while, I feel that I have lost my original enthusiasm. The longer the plan is implemented, the more I can’t stand it. Every time the plan is implemented, it becomes a kind of torture…
  The possible reason for giving up:
  lack of partners to complete it together
  An excellent person who works hard for the New Year’s plan and a person who stubbornly fights against all kinds of temptations is always lonely. Why don’t I just work hard silently and amaze everyone by the end of the year. As a result, plans are silently started, silently abandoned, and silently repeated. In fact, if you tell the people close to you about the plan and let them monitor it at any time, the possibility of realizing it will be higher.
  A more perfect situation is that two people complete a plan together, urge and help each other. For example, a study by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands found that when implementing a weight loss plan, people who have a partner to lose weight with them are 3 times better than those who lose weight alone!
  The researchers believe that couples tend to have similar lifestyles, and it is difficult to change habits if only one person works hard. But when the two face it together, a partner’s support can help keep the momentum going. Think back to your weight loss plan. Is there a lack of like-minded friends, or even a group of full-time procrastinators. Whenever you want to eat less, they will form a hot pot game. When you just quit snacks, she will eat potato chips in front of you… …
  In addition to the above, the possible excuses are: the weather is too cold and warm in January, the sun is too little in winter, the mood is too bad, and it is easy to give up, and the equipment is not bought…Since there are so many obstacles in completing the New Year’s resolution, then 2023 New Year’s resolution still undecided? There is still a plan, just in case it comes true. Although we know that it is basically impossible to complete, we still encourage everyone to do it. After all, the very act of making New Year’s resolutions makes us happy.

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